Saracens face the Newcastle Falcons in round three of the LV=Cup, here Henry Fraser previews Sunday’s opponents.
Newcastle Falcons – Form guide, won 3, lost 9.
After a great start to the season that saw the Falcons move well above the relegation battle, they seemed to have struggled a little bit recently. They are currently in eleventh place.
Their troubles stem from struggling to cross the whitewash. As the lowest try scorers and point scorers in the league, they have had to rely on the huge resilience to hold on in some games. However with many attacking players out wide, the Sarries defence cannot get complacent as they will be punished.
Many people always talk about the Falcons being tough to beat at home, but in fact it’s their away form in the league that has brought most success. With two wins on the road, they are just as successful as three of the other premiership sides. As seen when they last played at Allianz Park they started very strong and had point scoring opportunities.
In this years LV=Cup the Falcons have lost one and won one.
With a lot of focus on the league a lot of youngsters have been given the opportunity to show their worth in other competitions. Players like Joel Hodgson, the young half back, has become a senior member of these squads even though he is only twenty one. He has been playing first team rugby for the Falcons since he was eighteen. He shows great maturity and command to control a game. Sarries will need to pressure him to disrupt the Falcons game.
With both teams still alive in the cup they will both be going out to win to be in the best for qualifying come the final round of group matches. With a lot of young talent on show for both teams, it should be great to watch.
- 3/11/13 Saracens 40 – 3 Newcastle
- 20/4/12 Newcastle Falcons 3 – 9 Saracens
- 9/10/11 Saracens 25 – 5 Newcastle Falcons
- 27/3/11 Saracens 24 – 9 Newcastle Falcons
Players to watch
Zach Kibirige – Still a very young man his great form in the senior team has earned him a spot in the England under 20 squad. He has electric speed and great feet to cause serious problems for defenders. Most at home on the wing he also has the ability to play centre and full back. He is player, along with a couple of other young Falcons, who will be the future of the club.
Rory Clegg – Since his move back to the north-east Clegg seems to be regaining the form that promised so much during his first stint at the club as the young apprentice to a certain Jonny Wilkinson. He is part of a great conveyor belt of Falcons fly-halfs that includes Andrews, Wilkinson and Flood. Clegg loves to attack with the ball and take the ball right to the gain line as well as big boot to pin teams back. He looks to be the player Dean Richards can start build a team for the future around.