Saracens - There's History Between Us - Wasps

Mar 05, 2015

There's History Between Us - Wasps


This week Saracens travel to Coventry to face Wasps in round 17 of the Aviva Premiership.

The two sides have been battling each other in the English top flight since it’s inception in 1996, having faced each other 36 times.

Wasps have won just one of their last ten encounters with Saracens in all competitions: 20-15 at Twickenham in the London double-header in September 2011.

Here, we look at some classic encounters over the years.

Lynagh lights up Enfield

[caption id="attachment_39301" align="alignnone" width="555"]1997 26 Jan 1997 Saracens 21 Wasps 17 – Pilkington Cup 5th Round at Enfield[/caption]

Star Australian fly-half Michael Lynagh booted his side victory in the round 5 Pilkington tie, kicking all 21 points with five penalties and two drop goals at then Sarries home, Enfield FC.

Saracens side consisted of the likes of Gregg Botterman, Richard Hill, Tony Diprose, Tony Copsey, Paddy Johns, Paul Wallace and Francois Piennar in the pack, with Kyryn Bracken, Michael Lynagh, Steve Ravenscroft and Phillipe Sella in the back division.

Saracens failed to win the competition that year, but would only have to wait another season before getting their hands on the newly named, Tetley Bitter Cup.

Saracens lift the Cup

[caption id="attachment_39296" align="alignnone" width="558"]Saracens 1998 9 May 1998 Saracens 48 Wasps 18 – Tetley Bitter Cup Final - Twickenham Stadium[/caption]

In one of the clubs most famous days, Saracens completely overpowered Wasps, 48-18 in the Tetley's Bitter Cup Final at Twickenham to secure their first piece of major silverware.

Michael Lynagh and Philippe Sella, both making their last big match appearances before retirement, made significant contributions. French centre Sella scoring a sixth-minute try and Australian Lynagh kicking five conversions and a drop goal.

De Kock dazzles HQ

[caption id="attachment_39297" align="alignnone" width="560"]Saracens Wasps 2007 15 September 2007 Saracens 29 Wasps 19 – Guinness Premiership - Twickenham Stadium.[/caption]

Just into his second season at the club Neil De Kock produced a man of the match performance at HQ, with the South African test half-back scoring a try in the second half.

Other try scorers that day for Saracens were Hugh Vyvyan and Adam Powell as Saracens beat the recently crowned European champions by ten points.

Saracens would have a disappointing season finishing in 8th place, whilst Wasps finished the regular season in second place and beat Leicester Tigers in the play-off final.

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