Guests clear the plates as Sarries celebrate a win

GUESTS of the Tulip Club box at Saracens’ new home, Allianz Park, saw the club record a 31-11 victory over the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday. It was a full house for the first game since the team moved to the glossy stadium from the old grounds at Vicarage Road.

Among the crowd gathered at the Tulip Club – the new Saracens hospi- tality box – The Capitalist spotted Aon chief executive Robert Brown and Kleinwort Benson private banker Jason Turner mingling with Lions legend Martin Bayfield and a member of boyband McFly. An extra treat for punters in the box was the presence of players Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton, Owen Farrell and Alex Goode who were all resting up in advance of the next Six Nations match.

Unfortunately for club bosses, guests at the swanky lunch seemed to think that the specially-engraved Opening Day serving plates adorning the tables were party gifts.

By the end of the game they had all been silently stowed in handbags and discreetly tucked under arms, and swiftly disappeared into the night.