Mar 20, 2015
LV= Cup Final - Preview
Saracens take on defending champions Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup Final at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.
Saracens are unbeaten in the LV= Cup this season, and have won their last three games in all competitions.
The men in black are fighting on three fronts: the LV= Cup final, the quarter-finals of the ECC and the team lie third in the Aviva Premiership.
Ben Spencer is the top scorer in the LV= Cup this season with 67 points and flanker Matt Hankin has made 77 tackles in the competition thus far, the highest of any Saracens player.
Exeter Chiefs have won their last five games in all competition and are currently one place above Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.
Exeter’s last win was an impressive away victory against Leicester Tigers to ensure they reached a second LV= Cup final in as many years.
The Chiefs last loss was against Saracens at Allianz Park in the pool phase of the LV= Cup.
"The journey of this playing group has been pretty special,” said Joe Shaw. “The majority of this side played their part in the A League success and they formed a really strong bond during that campaign.”
He added: “They have gone to some fantastic places and secured some really impressive wins.”
Exeter Chiefs back-rower Ben White: "When we played at home last year in the final there was a lot more pressure to win,” he said. "This time round there’s going to be less pressure and that means we can just go out there and attack and really just enjoy the occasion.
“It’s going to be a tough game, it always is against Saracens and I’m sure it’s going to be a great game.
He added: “We’ve got some good momentum going into this game after some good results in the cup and in the league so the boys are really up for it. The boys will give a good account of themselves so it should be a really good game.”
Last Three Meetings
Saracens 35 Exeter Chiefs 18
LV= Cup - 08/02/2015
Exeter Chiefs 27 Saracens 19
Aviva Premiership - 29/11/2014
Saracens 23 Exeter Chiefs 10
Aviva Premiership - 23/02/2014
Men to Watch
Mike Ellery will be looking to repeat his magic score from the semi-final. The England Sevens winger has scored 8 tries this season and will fancy his chances at Franklin’s Gardens with his current form.
Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer has been in sparkling form in the LV= Cup this season. The metronomic goal kicker is the competition’s top scorer and Exeter Chiefs will have to keep their discipline on Sunday because Spencer is ruthless from the tee.
Explosive winger Fetu’u Vainikolo is Exeter Chiefs’ top try scorer in the LV= Cup, with three tries so far. Saracens will need to be wary of the talented Tongan’s ball carrying ability on Sunday.