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Saracens are the Premiership’s All Blacks, England’s leading club by far | Paul Rees

A fine victory over Toulon in the European Champions Cup was the showcase of a two-tone side whose fine recruitment has left their rivals trailing

Saracens call themselves the men in black and they have been compared to the All Blacks after their victory against Toulon on the Mediterranean last week, which was a triumph of panache over the slapdash.

It was not hyperbole given the impressive way Saracens started, moving the ball away quickly to prevent their French opponents from slowing play down at the breakdown with the forwards displaying impressive handling skills and athleticism, and the way they finished with 14 men, having no alarms in the closing minutes after a 19-point lead had evaporated into one of five points.

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