Exeter vs Sarries Anglo Welsh Cup
February 2 2018
Six nations begin, 6 international teams going for glory and lots of premiership players on the international stage, however that said the domestic competitions do not stop, this week is the final pool games of the Anglo Welsh Cup, and Saracens travel down to last season's Anglo Welsh runners up Exeter cheifs!
Being the Anglo Welsh Cup the younger members get to shine on the big stage, over the years many young players feature and go onto to bigger things, a few players who started at this level for both Saracens and Exeter are the likes of Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Sam Simmonds.
Both teams will be giving 110% effort as they can both qualify for the semi finals results depending, so both teams will be going for the victory (a bonus point win for either team will give their chances a boost)
Last week Exeter fell short to a very strong Worcester Warriors team 31 - 21 at sixways.
Earlier results for cheifs put they second in their pool they smashed both Scarlets an Saints (40 - 0 and 43 - 28 respectively) so confidence will not be an issue for the cheifs this weekend. Sam Simmonds brother Joe will be marshaling the game from Fly half and young Stu Townsend will come on in the sec half . Many of the team announced may feature in the Aviva Premiership clash next month so it is a great opportunity for the two teams to face off, over the years Saracens and Exeter have had domestic an European success meaning these two are often facing each other in the latter stages of tournaments and are becoming friendly rivals, Exeter are no strangers to the final of the Anglo Welsh, appearing in the final on 3 occasions in the last 4 years, Losing narrowly twice and winning once! In 2014 Dean Mumm lifted the Anglo Welsh trophy, Exeter first major trophy in their 143 year history at the time, beating Northampton Saints 15 - 8 at Sandy Park. A young man called Henry Slade featured in that victory and has now gone onto gain international accolades. In 2015 Exeter played Saracens at Franklin Gardens losing out 23 - 20 to Sarries thanks to a last minute Ben Spencer kick. And last season's Anglo Welsh final ended 16 - 12 to Leicester Tigers.
Elgan Williams who was referee for the Saracens v Exeter final in 2015 takes charge again this weekend.
Exeter team to face Saracens:
Moray low, Jack Innard, Greg Holmes, Ollie Atkins, Wilhelm Van Der Sluys, Kai Horstmaan ©, Julian Salvi, Thomas Waldrom, Jack Maunder, Joe Simmonds, Tom O'Flaherty, Ollie Devoto, Tom Hendrickson, Santiago Corderro, Phil Dollman
That is a very strong Cheifs side!
Saracens have had an indifferent season, and now injury and internationals mean Saracens will put out a storm team for this game. They are still in the mix on two fronts and are looking to make that three if they can claim a win down at Sandy Park. Saracens need results to go their way. Northampton Saints and Worcester who have both fielded extremely strong teams both need to lose for Sarries to progress, and that is only if Sarries get a win! It's a tough ask. Last time.out the Saracens "Storm" team put 6 tries past Dragons in an enthatic 40 - 21 bonus point win at Allianz park. Due to two narrow losses early on it leaves Saracens in 3rd I'm their pool with 7 Points which is why it totally depends on results on whether Saracens can reach another semi final.
Saracens lost to eventual winners Leicester Tigers last season. And Maro Itoje lifted the Anglo Welsh trophy for Sarries in 2015. Since then Maro has gone on to lift 2 premiership titles, 2 European cups and 2 six nations championships, what a story for that young man of only 23!
Nick Tompkins is one of the standout players for Saracens in this competition and also with his premiership and European experience he is one of the leaders on the field, other up and coming players who are going to feature are Tom Whiteley, Jack Nay, Max Malins, Matt Gallagher and Retumi Segun. Ben Earl has also featured but he has been named as U20 Six nations captain for England v Italy so he will not feature this weekend.
The Saracens team is:
Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Tadgh McElroy, Keiran Longbottom ©, Will Skelton, Mark Flanagan, Daniel Temm, Sean Reffell, Jack Nay, Tom Whiteley, Max Malins, Rotumi Segun, Dom Morris, Nick Tompkins, Oli Morris, Matt Gallagher
Alex Lozowski returns from the England camp to feature from the bench.
Ref: Elgan Williams
Assistant Referees: Fergus Kelby and Claire Daniels
Citing Officer: John Charles
Match prediction: Exeter appear the stronger and clear favourites and will probably be too strong for Saracens, Exeter to win by 11 pointspqs: qs:
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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2018:02:09:17:37:20 by Darraghgirl.