Owen Farrell remarkably played ‘on one leg’ in Premiership semi-final says Saracens boss

Colin Newboult
Owen Farrell during Saracens' Premiership semi-final defeat to Northampton Saints 2024.

Owen Farrell during Saracens' Premiership semi-final defeat to Northampton Saints 2024.

Owen Farrell produced a superb performance in his final game for Saracens and he did it “on one leg”, according to Saracens boss Mark McCall.

The fly-half is preparing to conclude his long association with the club after signing a deal with Racing 92 in the Top 14.

Farrell was hoping to prevent an early end to his Sarries career by taking them to the Premiership final during Friday’s clash with Northampton Saints, but they were ousted following a 22-20 defeat.

Key role in tries

The talisman did everything in his power to inspire his side and played a key part in both of their tries as Alex Lewington and Lucio Cinti touched down.

That was despite carrying an injury in his right leg which prevented him from kicking, with Elliot Daly taking on that responsibility.

“He had a quad injury. There is a small tear in there so he was never going to kick. He wasn’t going to be kicking for touch or goal,” McCall said.

“We weren’t sure if he was going to play, to be honest.

“It’s quite remarkable that he was on one leg, we had a fly-half who couldn’t kick and we were still able to stay in the battle.

“It’s incredible for him in his final game at Saracens to do that for the team.”

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It wasn’t just Farrell whose Sarries career ended following their defeat to the Saints, with the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy, among those to also bow out.

End of an era

“We all feel very emotional about this being their last games. They’ve been incredible for the club on and off the field,” McCall added.

“They’ve had some wonderful moments over the years, and some tough moments. The tough moments have made the good ones better.

“It’s been a hell of a journey this last 10 to 15 years.

“I just feel lucky to have come here when they were here. To watch them as 18, 19, 20-year-olds – if you saw Mako on his first day at Saracens, you wouldn’t have thought he would go on three British and Irish Lions tours and win 60-odd caps for England. Same with Billy, really.

“Everyone thought Owen was destined for great things, but it still took him time as well.

“We played a semi-final here in 2015, and he reminded me that we lost a Champions Cup semi-final to Clermont the week before, and Charlie Hodgson had started ahead of him.

“Those three have been incredible for us, but to watch them develop as people and over the period has been great.”

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