England face tense wait in duo after Saracens defeat at Edinburgh

Edinburgh players embrace each other after Champions Cup win over Saracens - England nervously await the duo after Saracens defeat at Edinburgh - PA/Steve Welsh

Edinburgh players embrace each other after Champions Cup win over Saracens – England nervously await the duo after Saracens defeat at Edinburgh – PA/Steve Welsh

Edinburgh 20 Saracens 14

England has been sweating over a potential front row crisis as Jamie George has been ostracized for at least 12 days and doubts have risen over the existence of Mako Vunipola, who is less than two weeks away from the Six Nations.

George sinned for a head-to-head tackle at Edinburgh open court Luke Crosbie during the Saracens’ Champions Cup defeat.

The hooker, named with Vunipola in Steve Borthwick’s England squad last week, was forced to leave for a head injury assessment after Crosbie sent him onto artificial turf with a loud thump.

George looked like he was struggling to get up, but after passing the yellow card, he came back past his HIA. The hooker didn’t show up in the second half, but the independent match doctor decided he couldn’t continue due to a concussion.

He currently has at least 12 days on the sidelines and will return just one day before England’s Six Nations draw against Scotland on 4 February at Twickenham and will only return if they complete their return-to-play protocols. Due to injuries to Luke Cowan-Dickie and George McGuigan, Jack Walker is the only other prostitute on Borthwick’s roster.

Welfare group criticizes George’s treatment

Player welfare lobby group Progressive Rugby criticized George’s return to the field in Sunday’s game, arguing that George was showing clear signs of concussion and should therefore not be eligible for a head injury assessment.

“In our view, British prostitute Jamie George clearly showed symptoms of category 1 and inadvertently suffered an SED rather than being permanently suspended. This process failure, which once again puts the SED tool’s effectiveness into question, not only puts the player in a potentially catastrophic risk but the game we all love.” It harms its image.”

“At a time when a significant change in amateur gaming is desired. For safety reasons, it is the job of the professional gamer to get their house in order. We urge the relevant governing body to investigate this incident immediately and wish Jamie George our best wishes for his recovery.”

Regarding George’s possible return ahead of Scotland, Borthwick said: “Jamie will follow the return-to-game protocols that give you a daily plan with daily assessments. He was fine after the match so he is now following that protocol, it could be 12 days. you should assess what non-symptoms are. The protocol has been in effect for some time, which we will follow.

Borthwick added that Mako Vunipola and Elliot Daly will also be considered for injuries resulting from the Saracens’ game. England meet for the first time at Pennyhill Park under Borthwick on Monday evening before Tuesday’s practice.

Borthwick added: “We’ve been asked about how little time we have to prepare and injuries, and those are good questions. As a coach, all I’m going to say is there are players missing, it’s clear. It’s a great time to coach an incredible captain who wants to start putting on performances we can be proud of. staff.”

According to Saracens rugby director Mark McCall, Vunipola pulled back with a sore foot during the warm-up and Daly had “a mild hamstring strain”.

“I’m not sure how serious it is [Daly] Same with Mako – we’ll have to investigate that,” McCall said. “Jamie has a concussion. I don’t know exactly what it is. It looks like Jamie passed his SED and someone took a closer look at this and thought it was better to back off. And of course it’s the right decision.”

Scottish side wins mini Kolkata Cup

Equally worrying for Borthwick was how the Premiership leaders rolled in this miniature Calcutta Cup. Eight of Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad played against six of Borthwick’s England on Mike Blair’s 23rd matchday. A losing bonus point secured the Saracens’ home round of 16 draw against the Ospreys, while Edinburgh’s prize for a fantastic show was a trip to Leicester.

The Saracens may have lost by just six points, but it was a performance miles away from their Premiership and Europe’s best. Defeated, beaten, and thoughtless, visitors never had a realistic chance until Ben Earl’s latest attempt gave them false hope. It was an off day for an immaculate side.

Edinburgh took an early lead with quick thinking from hooker Dave Cherry after the shot puts of Viliame Mata and Jamie Ritchie. Pierre Schoeman – to the delight of the noisy, sold-out crowd – also had his fair share of outrage. At times, the Saracens midfielders Alex Goode and Nick Tompkins just couldn’t handle the heat.

Following Cherry’s close-range spotting, Blair Kinghorn expanded the home team’s lead – otherwise excellent, brighter news for Borthwick – being penalized for not rolling.

Two minutes after George’s indiscretion, Marco Riccioni also saw yellow for an almost identical interception at Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist. The Saracens narrow-minded did not come back, but Edinburgh squandered two glaring opportunities to bring their advantage home. First, Ritchie knocked over the line after a Christian Judge blasted Tompkins before the endorsement saved the Saracens.

Goode kept the visitors in touch with three penalties, two from offense and one Earl turnover, before Kinghorn added another after Tompkins rolled.

Maro Itoje became the third Saracen to spend 10 minutes on the side – sinning for a deliberate knockout – and Edinburgh got their halftime lessons. No opportunity was wasted this time, and Schoeman has beautifully smashed Edinburgh to give the homeowners the light of day.

Frustrated, Ludovic Cayre had not yet finished his yellow card. The French referee sent Sam Skinner into the sin box for knocking a Saracens mallet to the ground, and minutes later, Earl was running down the edge to catch the visitors’ opening attempt – after 75 minutes – thanks to a massive load from substitute Eroni Mawi. However, an unexpected win wasn’t going to be enough, leaving the Saracens and England to give it some thought.

Match details

Scoring order: 5-0 Cherry try, 7-0 Kinghorn con, 10-0 Kinghorn pen, 10-3 Goode pen, 10-6 Goode pen, 13-6 Kinghorn pen, 13-9 Goode pen 18-9 Schoeman try, 20-9 Kinghorn con, 20-14 Earl trials.

Edinburgh: H Immelman; J Blain (W Goosen 56), M Bennett, J Lang, B Kinghorn; C Savala, B Vellacott (H Pyrgos 51); P Schoeman, D Cherry (A McBurney 75), WP Nel, S Skinner, G Gilchrist (assistant captain), J Ritchie (assistant captain) (N Haining 55), L Crosbie, V Mata.
Unused spare parts: B Venter, L Atalifo, J Hodgson, C Hutchison.
Yellow card: Skinner (71).
Saracens: E Daly (A Lewington 46); M Malins (C Judge 29, Malins 32), A Lozowski, N Tompkins, S Maitland; a Goode, this is Van Zyl (A Davies 56); R Hislop (E Mawi 59), J George (captain) (K Pifeleti 41), M Riccioni, M Itoje, H Tizard (N Isiekwe 56), A Christie (K Pifeleti 29, Christie 34, T Dan 70), B Earl , B. Vunipola.
Unused spare parts: Manu Vunipola.
yellow cards: J George (22), M Riccioni (24), M Itoje (59).
Judge: L Cayre (France).
participation: 7,774.

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