Saracens travel to Adams Park tomorrow evening, to take of Dai Young’s London Wasps. Henry Fraser previews Dai Young’s side;
Saracens v Wasps
- Premiership form guide, won 3, lost 4.
After a couple of early, narrow losses, that came down to last minute kicks to win them, Wasps are starting to hit their stride. It seems their troubles of two years ago have truly been left behind them.
With strong back to back wins in the league, at home to the Tigers and away to Gloucester, they have flown up the table. A great blend of experience and some of the most exciting young players in England is proving to be a winning combination. The likes of Andy Goode and captain Chris Bell are steady heads in a back line that includes Elliot Daly and Christian Wade, players that can create something from nothing.
Other signings like last year’s second highest line out taker Kieran Myall has given extra set piece stability when Joe Launchbury is missing. Nathan Hughes and William Helu have added huge power and go forward, players that must be stopped early. A full return and captaincy for James Haskell will make the back row battle even better.
Whilst only sitting seventh in the league they are showing an ability to score tries, and lots of them.
Only Sarries and Saints have scored more. Not only are they scoring lots of tries, but just over half of their tries have come in the last twenty minutes of their games, meaning Saracens have to be wise in defence right up until the final whistle. A great showing of the Dai Young resilience.
This resilience seems to be heightened when playing on home soil. Wasps are currently unbeaten at home and only conceded two tries, a record to be proud of. Saracens, with the most tries in the premiership, with definitely be pushed until the end.
Even though rotation will mean some of their on form players will be rested, still expect the home team to play the same way. A strong resistance with an attack that flourishes when defences are tiring.
Previous meeting this year
- 05/10/13 Saracens 19 – 12 Wasps
Players to watch
- Elliot Daly – As one of England’s rising stars he is a consistent performer. Moving back to centre for the game shows his versatility as a player. He has a change of speed that can leave most oppositions clutching at thin air making him Wasps most deadly player for Friday’s game. In his armoury he possesses a rocket of a left boot, which sometimes goes awry, but is capable of punishing ill-discipline with three points from sixty metres. Although he only played the first half against Sarries last month he showed off all his skills.
- Guy Thompson – He might be the new boy to this Wasps back row but is playing like he’s been there for years. Having played at open side flanker most of the season he finds himself at number eight on Friday. He might not be the biggest of players to play at eight but is a very powerful ball carrier and strong at the breakdown. He might prove to be one of Dai Young’s best signings this year.