FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC


By Barty11
September 5 2017

How do you top that performance I hear you ask? After arguably the greatest first half performance in recent times, we head to Bath with our divisive (and in my opinion, beautiful) green-streaked away kit, and rival supporters green with envy at the attacking talents we have at our disposal even without four sleeping Lions. Ashton who?... said Vincent Koch and Schalk Brits as they side-stepped an awe-struck Saints defence. To relive the details in all their glory see the account from Twickenham by JO’G.

To be ultra-mega-super critical, the lads will probably have been disappointed to ship three tries in the second half and will want to tighten up, and no doubt Loz’s radar will face some scrutiny with a less than 50% success rate. Given Bath’s performance at the weekend, both of these will need to be improved on for us to maintain our excellent form.

Bath edged a nail-biter away at Leicester on Sunday to secure their first win at Welford Road since the birth of Jesus (ok it wasn’t that long ago, but it was before Neil de Kock pulled on a black and red shirt so you get the idea). You could forgive Rhys Priestland for being the most smug man in the West Country; having played second fiddle to George Ford for two years he out-played and outkicked the returnee Tiger in a timely return to form. Young centre Max Clark grabbed the headlines with two tries but it was the work of bulldozing wingers Banahan and Rokoduguni that will be the likely cause of a few headaches. Bath were pretty much at full strength last week, so unless they give the likes of Faletau, Joseph and Watson a rest, I can’t see too many changes being made.

In terms of previous meetings it’s a mixed bag – on the one hand we’ve won eight of the last ten in the league, including the eight-try thumping at the end of March this year. However, the last encounter at the Rec, at the back end of last Autumn’s internationals, was notable for a poor first half and late penalty misses from Goode and Lozowski as we lost a tight game 14-11. It should be a close contest, but one I would expect us to win with Bath picking up a bonus point.

Regarding the line-up, another injury setback for George Kruis is a blow, but a solid performance by new recruit Dominic Day (aka Gavin & Stacey’s Dave Coaches?) and the latest academy gem Nick Isiekwe will lessen that worry somewhat. We know Billy V’s return is some way off yet and the jury is out on whether those sleeping Lions will be woken up. Plenty of talk about Maro needing a rest, but I’d expect that to happen later on once there are more forwards fit for service, so like Bath I wouldn’t expect too many changes from last week’s line-up other than a Kruis-enforced reshuffle with Itoje at lock and Rhodes at six, and Tolofua & Conlon shifting onto the bench.

Possible Sarries team:
Goode, Maitland, D Taylor, Barritt, Earle, Lozowski, Wigglesworth; Barrington, Brits, Koch, Day, Itoje, Rhodes, Burger, Wray

Tolofua, Thompson-Stringer, Figallo, Isiekwe, Conlon, Spencer, Bosch, Wyles

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FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: TheSaracens.com (IP Logged)
Date: 05/09/2017 17:52

Thanks Matt, excellent preview - looking forward to many more!!!!!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2017:09:17:18:23:30 by Darraghgirl.

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: derbyshire fan (IP Logged)
Date: 05/09/2017 22:47

Thanks - great preview

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 08:28

Should have added we need a reporter for the game. It's on TV so armchair accounts are fine

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: The Bard (IP Logged)
Date: 06/09/2017 20:38

Excellent stuff, thanks!

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: gaz59 (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 11:54

As a Bath fan, I can't disagree with any of that - very good and fair review. The Sarries relentless pressure and precision in execution will be several notches above Tigers and our squad depletion at prop is a big area of vulnerability so we will need some variation at some point to the game-plan that worked so well at Welford Road

Could be a very good match and hopefully we will still be in it with 15 to go

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: malco (IP Logged)
Date: 07/09/2017 23:52

We're a million miles from being full strength, our pack is decimated by injury.

Missing from the Leicester game:

Loosehead: Catt
Hooker: Batty
Tighthead: Thomas, Lahiff, Knight, Mitchell
Lock: Attwood, Ewels
Back row: Underhill, Ellis

I doubt that any of these will be back this weekend and we have now additionally lost Palma-Newport at tight head.

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: Barty II (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 09:17

Quote:
malco
We're a million miles from being full strength, our pack is decimated by injury.
Missing from the Leicester game:

Loosehead: Catt
Hooker: Batty
Tighthead: Thomas, Lahiff, Knight, Mitchell
Lock: Attwood, Ewels
Back row: Underhill, Ellis

I doubt that any of these will be back this weekend and we have now additionally lost Palma-Newport at tight head.

Written in a bit of a rush I'll admit but meant more full strength in terms of the Lions players not being rested. Must apologise for glossing over the queue of crocked props!

Re: FROM SAINTS IN A WRECK TO BATH AT THE REC
Posted by: OldMarovian (IP Logged)
Date: 08/09/2017 12:57

Excellent preview Barty11. I feel like the length NDK was at Sarries should be used as a reference point for more things smiling smiley

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