Jan 24, 2017
Anglo Welsh Cup: the tournament so far
The Anglo-Welsh Cup returns to action over the next two weeks as the teams battle it out to secure their spots in the semi finals. Saracens will face Scarlets on Friday night at Parc y Scarlets before welcoming Leicester Tigers to Allianz Park on Sunday 5th February. Ahead of the return of cup competition we took a look back at results that have shaped the tournament so far this season.
For those not familiar with the Anglo-Welsh Cup, the tournament follows a unique format where teams do not play the other teams in their pool but instead are paired up with another pool which the teams compete against. The teams in Pool 1 play the teams in Pool 4 once and the teams in Pool 2 play the teams in Pool 3 once.
Saracens have been drawn in a pool this year with Northampton Saints, Newport Gwent Dragons and Bath. Saints currently lead the pool by a point after two wins from two while Saracens are hot on their heals after claiming two try scoring and one losing bonus point from their win over Newcastle Falcons and their first round loss over Gloucester. Newport sit in third, with Bath in fourth.
Another closely matched pool, where only a point separates first from third and where bonus points are shaping the standing after all four teams finished rounds one and two with a win and a loss a piece. Ospreys lead the pool, followed closely by Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors while Sale sit in fourth, still only two points behind the leaders.
Led by Harlequins, with two wins from two, Pool Three also features Wasps, Bristol and Cardiff Blues. Wasps, in second, have scored 75 points so far in the tournament making them second only to Exeter (77 points) in the points for standings. Cardiff in fourth have condeded 93 points in the Cup this season, the highest of any team in the competition.
Pool Four make up Saracens’ opposition for the group stages, featuring Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Scarlets and Gloucester. Leicester, who Saracens will face at Allianz Park on 5th February, currently top the pool with 9 points which is the highest tally of any club in the competition at this stage. Scarlets, who Saracens will face next, follow in second with a win over Bath and a loss to Newport to their name so far.
To catch Saracens in Anglo-Welsh action as they battle to secure a spot in the knock outs head to www.saracens.com/tickets and book now for Saracens v Leicester Tigers on Sunday 5th February, kick off 16H00.