Saracens - Saracens name side to face Exeter Chiefs

Feb 05, 2016

Saracens name side to face Exeter Chiefs


Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs for Sunday’s round 11 Aviva Premiership clash at Sandy Park, kick-off 13h00.

Table toppers Saracens travel to Devon to face the second placed Chiefs for the Sunday lunchtime kick-off and Mark McCall has named Scotland flanker Kelly Brown at openside flanker. Brown is joined by Jackson Wray (no8) and Italy qualified loose-forward Samu Vunisa (No8) in the Saracens back row, with Jacques Burger reverting to the bench and Michael Rhodes rested as Saracens continue to rotate their squad.

Elsewhere in the Saracens pack, after an impressive showing against Bath, Richard Barrington continues at loosehead with Rhys Gill returning to the bench after serving a four-week suspension. Schalk Brits continues at hooker and will be joined by the durable Petrus Du Plessis at tighthead prop.

At lock, Hayden Smith comes into the side to replace Maro Itoje who takes his place on the bench after being away with Eddie Jones’ England as injury cover. USA international Smith will be joined by Jim Hamilton in the second row.

At halfback, Richard Wigglesworth (scrum-half) partners Charlie Hodgson (fly-half) in a familiar looking halves pairing. In the centres, Brad Barritt will skipper the side in the number 12 jersey and he is joined by Nick Tompkins (outside centre) in the Sarries midfield.

Mike Ellery comes into the side on the right wing to replace Duncan Taylor who is named on the bench for Scotland to face England. Ellery will join Ben Ransom (full-back) and Chris Wyles (left wing) in the Saracens back three.

On the bench, Jared Saunders and USA international join Rhys Gill as front row cover, whilst Jacques Burger returns to the scene where he set the Premiership tackle record in 2013, with the Namibian loose forward taking his place on the bench. Elsewhere, Ben Spencer and Nils Mordt are the halfback cover with former England U20s flyer Nathan Earle named in his first matchday 23 of the season.

Saracens team to face Exeter Chiefs

15 Ben Ransom (56*)

14 Mike Ellery (14)

13 Nick Tomkins (27)

12 Brad Barritt (c) (157)

11 Chris Wyles (192)

10 Charlie Hodgson (121)

9 Richard Wigglesworth (141)

1 Richard Barrington (67)

2 Schalk Brits (158)

3 Petrus Du Plessis (116)

4 Hayden Smith (55)

5 Jim Hamilton (35)

6 Jackson Wray (128)

7 Kelly Brown (120)

8 Samu Vunisa (3)

Replacements

16 Jared Saunders (26)

17 Rhys Gill (152)

18 Titi Lamositele (9)

19 Maro Itoje (43)

20 Jacques Burger (107)

21 Ben Spencer (64)

22 Nils Mordt (54)

23 Nathan Earle (3)

*denotes Saracens appearances

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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