Martin Crowson's five key points from the weekend's rugby: Why the Ford v Flood saga continues to rage
Martin Crowson looks back at five key talking points from the weekend's rugby action.
1Saracens would do well to leave the latest league table off of their website at the moment. For a club trying to attract people to their new home at Barnet in the new year, a record of five tries scored and three against in their five games this season is hardly an advert for exciting rugby.
2Dan Bowden's emergence at inside-centre against Exeter not only gave Tigers fans a chance to actually see what the former London Irish back could do – but seemed to allow Toby Flood more freedom to play the game he likes as well. The pair seemed to click from the off and could give Tigers yet another attacking dimension in weeks to come.
3There is a distinct possibility that the George Ford v Toby Flood question could rear its head every single week of the season until the former either signs a new deal or announces he is leaving the club. Ford is under contract until the summer, whereas Flood has another season on top of that. Media interest in the question of which one will stay and which one will go certainly showed no signs of abating in Saturday's press room, or in the newspapers.
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4It was really good to see centre Matt Smith receive some rare limelight for his man-of-the-match performance. If ever there was an unsung hero in the current Tigers squad, it is Smith. The 26-year-old is closing in on his 100th start for his home-town club and he should receive plenty of plaudits when he gets there.
5At last, new sponsors Canterbury have designed a Tigers playing shirt for the working man. The club's home and away replica jerseys are about as far from flattering as possible for the, errr, let's say, fuller fan of the club. But the new black European kit is, so I am told, more flattering for blokes that don't spend two hours a day in the gym. There are, however, still £55 a pop.