2/10 - Four players who flopped in the Premiership final - Ruck

2/10 – Four players who flopped in the Premiership final

In a thrilling encounter, Saracens secured their sixth Premiership title, ending a four-year wait, with a hard-fought 35-25 triumph over Sale.

The game took an exhilarating turn in the final quarter when Elliot Daly and Ivan Van Zyl scored two tries within a span of just four minutes, ultimately sealing the victory for Sarries.

This triumph held a special significance for Saracens, as they had experienced the bitter disappointment of missing out on the title in the previous year.

The memory of Freddie Burns’ last-minute drop-goal for Leicester, which dashed their hopes, still lingered. However, this time, they left no room for despair and emerged victorious.

While celebrating their achievement, it’s worth acknowledging that not every player was able to shine in the showcase match.

Below, we reflect on three individuals who, unfortunately, failed to deliver their best performances on the day.

#1. Joe Carpenter (Sale Sharks)

Planet Rugby – 5/10

RUCK – 4/10

Rugby Pass – 5/10

His charge-down in the lead-up to Elliot Daly’s try proved to be a pivotal moment that shifted the momentum decisively in Saracens’ favour.

Despite this setback, Carpenter did showcase some positive contributions in attack, making considerable progress and narrowly missing out on denying Ivan van Zyl a score.

It was undoubtedly a valuable learning experience for the young player, who exhibited flashes of brilliance before the unfortunate error occurred.

A bloody Joe Carpenter of Sale Sharks during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final Match between Saracens and Sale Sharks at Twickenham Stadium on 27 May 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK