Saracens - Twickenham

Twickenham

Whether it be in the annual Premiership London Double Header, European clashes or Aviva Premiership Finals, Saracens have been regular visitors to the home of English rugby for some time.

Since its inception in 2004, Saracens have headlined a double-bill of capital clashes in the London Double Header. Teams such as Wasps, and London Irish may not call London home anymore, but the Men in Black have been a fixture in the event.

With the club’s upturn in form over the last six years, Saracens have played some massive European clash’s at HQ in recent years. In 2013 they faced Ulster in the European Cup quarter-final where they beat the much fancied Irish province 27-16. A few weeks later Sarries would return to South-West London to face the might of Toulon. Unfortunately for Saracens, old foe Jonny Wilkinson pulled the strings for the French galaticos that day, as they booked their place in the Heineken Cup final.

Fast forward a year and Twickenham would host Saracens’ finest hour in European rugby to date, when the Men in Black demolished ASM Clermont Auvergne 46-6 in a stunning display of European rugby.

Domestically the famous stadium has played host to Saracens’ finest hour and some tough defeats. In 1998, under the leadership of Francois Pienaar, the Fez Heads would lift the Tetley Bitter Cup, there first silverware in the professional era.

Eleven years later, the north Londoners would win announce themselves to English rugby, when the new look Saracens side appeared in their first ever Premiership Final against Leicester Tigers. In a thrilling final Dan Hipkiss’ late try would break Sarries hearts, with the Tigers lifting the trophy.

A year later, Sarries would avenge their defeat, as they were crowned league champions for the first time in the club’s history beating the Tigers in another tense and nervy final. A nerveless kicking display from Owen Farrell and a try from James Short saw Saracens claim their first Premiership title at Twickenham, defeating Leicester Tigers 22-18.

After finishing minor premiers in an almost perfect Aviva Premiership season, Sarries would return to Twickenham in May 2014 to face Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership Final. In one of the most close and controversial finals ever played with Northampton edging Mark McCall’s side with a last minute Alex Waller try in extra time.

Saracens though would once again dig deep, and hit back a season later when in 2015 under the leadership of Alistair Hargreaves a youthful and exuberant side would defeat Bath to lift the club’s second league title.