Backs campaign to get Saracens’ Theo McFarland banned
Theo McFarland is playing well at the moment, really well. The Samoa flanker’s highlight’s reel is growing more and more impressive with every week, filled with some supernatural ball handling.
The 26-year-old has been heralded as one of the best players, if not the best, in the Gallagher Premiership over the past few weeks, and he only enhanced his that reputation on Saturday against reigning champions Leicester Tigers with a player of the match display.
The former basketball player bagged a try towards the end, but that was only the cherry on the cake of a complete performance. Part of a Saracens team that were making ground with absolute ease, McFarland carried well, but the area that makes him stand out from the rest of his peers was in the lineout. Not only did he prove to be a nightmare for Leicester’ lineout, but he gave Saracens the perfect attacking platform for their own lineout.
That comes from the way that he can catch and throw the ball one handed while up in the air. One take in the second half was out of this world, as he was forced to reach back and pick the ball out at full stretch. Very few players would have been able to take that ball, and even fewer would have been able the lay the ball on a plate for his scrum-half. As far as cheat codes go in rugby, having hands the size of buckets is certainly one of them. Some backs probably have hands half the size of his, and would not be blamed for campaigning to get him banned.
This was all on the way to Saracens winning 51-18 at the StoneX Stadium, as the hosts looked spellbinding at times and sent a serious message to the rest of Europe.
Take a look at McFarland’s handling:
Plucked out of thin air with ease ✨
Unreal athleticism from Theo McFarland to take that ball and deliver it to Ivan van Zyl.#GallagherPrem pic.twitter.com/F5WfWLLUH2
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 1, 2022