This Friday 29th September 2017, an inform Saracens team travel to Sixways on what could be a wet evening, to face a wounded Worcester Warriors side. Both teams have had an indifferent start to the campaign, Saracens are three wins from four games placing them in 2nd place currently, while Worcester are zero from four placing them in the relegation spot for now
The Warriors have been depleted by Injuries recently, especially to Scrum Halves Johnny Arr and former Saracen Luke Baldwin. This means they have had to bring in another scrum half, in the form of Leicester Tiger Jonno Kitto, on short term cover for their short term cover signing of Peter Stringer (confused yet?)
Warriors only have 1 solitary point so far, round one they lost away to Newcastle 35 - 8 and two home defeats to last year's finalists (10 - 24 v Wasps and 10 - 41 v Exeter respectively) put them in at the foot of the table. They fought hard last time out against Gloucester at Kingsholm. Trailing 17 - 3 at half time and an early second half Billy Twelvetrees try seemed to but Gloucester out of sight. However Warriors with their never say die attitude, came back into the game thanks to two tries by Perry Humphreys and the kicking of Ryan Mills (formerly of Gloucester) brought the scores to within 5 points. With seconds to go Worcester mounted one final surge to break the Gloucester line and potentially get a try to level the scores, unfortunately they knocked on after the clock went red and Gloucester kicked out meaning Worcester had to settle for a losing bonus point. Warriors will be confident after that fight back and with Ryan Mills in fine form, Worcester will have happy memories of the game at Sixways back in February when Mills notched 8 penalties and scored all the Worcester points that night to beat the European Champions 24 - 18. They will be looking for another successful night this Friday. Rugby is a funny old game at times and with most people writing Worcester off, and giving them no hope, they will be up for this game and looking for their first win this season, at Sixways and on a Friday night you just never know. It could happen.
Worcester have quality in their team and their main danger men are The everescant Peter Stringer, still going strong at 39! Lion and England star Ben Te'o, finisher Perry Humphreys, fly half Ryan Mills with his lethal kicking and captained brilliantly by ex Irish International Donncha O'Callaghan.
A potential Warriors line up could be:
Ethan Waller, Jack Singleton, Biyi Alo, Donncha O'Callaghan (c), Will Spencer, Alafuti Fao'Siliva, Dave Denton, GJ Van Velze, Peter Stringer, Ryan Mills, Josh Adams, Ben Te'o, Jackson Williamson, Perry Humphreys, Chris Pennell,
Joe Taufete'e, Ryan Bower, Gareth Milasirovich, Pierce Phillips, Sam Lewis, Jonno Kitto, Sam Olver, Bryce Heem
Saracens recent form has been pretty good. Still there appears to be some early season rust but it is only round 5. After a terrific victory over rivals Northampton Saints 55 - 24 on opening weekend at HQ it looked like it may be another special season on the horizon. However in round two at the Rec Sarries were brought down to earth with an almighty thump as a poor first half by Saracens and delightful double by Rokoduguini gave Bath a 31 - 21 win. Then it was off to Philly to face Newcastle Falcons and Saracens manged to gain an unconvincing 'away' win 7 - 29. Most recently a master class from half backs messers Farrell and Spencer gave Saracens a bonus point win over Sale 41 - 13 at Allianz Park. Liam Williams also grabbed his first try in Saracens colours during the victory over Sale. Victory did come with a price, as Billy Vunipola limped off in the first half with a knee injury that will see him out of action for the next 4 months. Liam Williams also failed a head injury assessment, so is unlikely to feature this weekend. On top of those, Schalk Burger and Mike Rhodes are also out injured for the foreseeable future meaning Saracens strength in depth in the back row will be severely tested. With Maro Itoje due a rest and Europe just around the corner and potential changes due to injury and rotation, means it could be a banana skin at Sixways, Saracens should have enough to beat Warriors though.
A possible Saracens side could be:
Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Jamie George, Juan Figallo, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis, Joel Conlon, Calum Clark, Jackson Wray, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Nathan Earle, Brad Barritt (c), Nick Tompkins, Sean Maitland, Alex Goode
Schalk Brits, Richard Barrington, Vincent Koch, Will Skelton, Ben Earl, Ben Spencer, Alex Lozowski, Chris Wyles
Match officials to follow once confirmed
Prediction : Saracens win by 11 points
SARACENS GO TO SIXWAYS
Posted by: TheSaracens.com (IP Logged)
Date: 26/09/2017 17:06
Thanks Sean, excellent report
Over the years we have saved some of our worst performances for Worcester so I hope we don't take too much for granted. Agreed this is a potential banana skin as much as a five pointer!
On another note, Jeremy can no longer do the report so if anyone is going to the match and could write a few words about it please step forward
Sadly the game doesn't appear to be on TV but Aviva Premiership TV usually put the whole match up fairly quickly so we could certainly do the report from that.
And there are often a few other livestreams about if you know where to look
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2017:10:04:19:44:01 by Darraghgirl.
Innings I cannot watch the game until it comes up on TV,or after Sunday afternoon, whichever is the later. However, flushed with my own appreciation of my write up of Sale, I'll give it a go, faute de mieux.
Thanks Innings - I'm overwhelmed to have had TWO offers! I have already accepted the offer from Old Marovian but if you fancy doing the Wasps game the following week, or indeed any others, that would be great
I'm always concerned about Worcs, even when we became good, they remained a massive banana peel that always made me concerned we were slipping back and heralded a return to relegation battles.
I do feel for them however - not only have they had a harsh start, but they continue to do so in the next couple of weeks. They're going to need some good motivation to break out from the end of october with the season 1/4 gone (but lots of tough battles over too!)
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