Saracens - Hargreaves back for Saracens to face Wasps

Feb 12, 2016

Hargreaves back for Saracens to face Wasps


Saracens have named their side to face Wasps in round 12 of the Aviva Premiership at Allianz Park, Sunday kick-off 16h00.

Club captain Alistair Hargreaves returns to the Saracens starting line-up for the first time after a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The 29-year lock forward who made his last appearance for Saracens in round five of the Aviva Premiership against Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium in November 2015, will lead out Saracens with the Allianz Park side chasing their tenth consecutive win over Wasps.

Saracens name the same front row that started against Bath and Exeter in rounds 10 and 11, with Richard Barrington (loosehead prop), Schalk Brits (hooker) and Petrus Du Plessis (tighthead) packing down to face Dai Young’s side. Front row replacements include Jared Saunders, Rhys Gill and Titi Lamositele.

At lock, Hargreaves returns to partner Jim Hamilton, with Hayden Smith reverting to the bench. Elsewhere in the pack, Michael Rhodes rotates with Jackson Wray to return after a week break to start at blindside flanker, and will start alongside Samu Vunisa (no8) and Jacques Burger (openside flanker). Will Fraser comes back into the squad to start on the bench.

At halfback, Ben Spencer rotates with Richard Wigglesworth to make his seventh Premiership appearance of the season. Charlie Hodgson continues at flyhalf with Nils Mordt names among the replacements.

At centre, Brad Barritt will continue in the number the 12 jersey and will partner Nick Tompkins in the Sarries midfield.

Marcelo Bosch will start at full-back in the place of Ben Ransom who moves to the bench, with the Argentine international linking up with Chris Wyles (left wing) and Mike Ellery (right wing).

Saracens team to face Wasps

15 Marcelo Bosch (55*)

14 Mike Ellery (15)

13 Nick Tompkins (28)

12 Brad Barritt (158)

11 Chris Wyles (193)

10 Charlie Hodgson (122)

9 Ben Spencer (64)

1 Richard Barrington (68)

2 Schalk Brits (159)

3 Petrus Du Plessis (117)

4 Jim Hamilton (36)

5 Alistair Hargreaves (c) (74)

6 Michael Rhodes (13)

7 Jacques Burger (108)

8 Samu Vunisa (4)

Replacements

16 Jared Saunders (26)

17 Rhys Gill (153)

18 Titi Lamositele (10)

19 Hayden Smith (56)

20 Will Fraser (69)

21 Richard Wigglesworth (142)

22 Nils Mordt (54)

23 Ben Ransom (57)

*denotes Saracens appearances

Don't Forget. We will be screening England’s Six Nations fixture against Italy in the Olympic Bar. Following the England clash Saracens will take to the field against Wasps who head to North London off the back of three consecutive Aviva Premiership wins.

Tickets still remain for the Sunday afternoon clash and can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office on 0844 847 1876.

Gates will open on Sunday at 13:30 with England kicking off at 14:00 and Saracens following at 16:00.

Head down to Allianz Park where we will be screening England’s Six Nations fixture against Italy in the Olympic Bar. With Billy Vunipola and George Kruis impressing in particular last weekend against Scotland there should be plenty to cheer about for Sarries fans as England look to defeat an Italy side who ran France mighty close in their last fixture.

Following the England clash Saracens will take to the field against Wasps who head to North London off the back of three consecutive Aviva Premiership wins.

Tickets still remain for the Sunday afternoon clash and can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office on 0844 847 1876.

Gates will open on Sunday at 13:30 with England kicking off at 14:00 and Saracens following at 16:00.

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Saracens Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf

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