Dec 02, 2016
Bath v Saracens Match Preview
This weekend sees the last fixture of the Autumn International period and the last Aviva Premiership game before the Champions Cup returns next weekend.
Saracens travel down to Bath and will be looking to finish the international period on a high.
Bath are on a winning run at the Rec this season, having won their last six home games since losing to Saracens in April of last season. Currently sitting third in the table, six points behind Saracens in first, Bath have only lost twice so far this campaign with last weekend’s single point defeat to Quins ending a four game winning run for the West Country side.
Last Time Out
Saracens have lost just one of their last 13 encounters with Bath and have come away from the Rec with six wins from their last seven visits. The last match up between the two sides came in April of last season when Saracens scored four tries in a feisty encounter to secure the points. Chris Ashton crossed twice for the Men in Black with Mike Ellery and Will Fraser also getting on the score sheet.
One To Watch
Taulupe Faletau returns to action for Bath after being away with Wales over the Autumn Internationals. The number 8 joined Bath ahead of the current season and is renowned as one of the top back row players in World Rugby. He missed most of the early part of the season, and Wales’ internationals against Australia, Argentina and Japan but made his return when Bath faced Bristol before joining up with Wales to face South Africa. Back in Bath colours this weekend he will be key asset to the home side.
I just like the way Todd [Blackadder] has transformed their side, I see a lot of Crusaders [the New Zealand Super Rugby side] in their game pattern. He’s brought some good culture and he’s a very principled-based man as I understand. I know he’ll bring that discipline and work ethic to that side and that’s why they’re tough to break down and of course Bath have got great players as well so if you marry the two they’re a great outfit. This weekend is going to be a tough, tough battle down at the Rec but we back our systems, irrelevant of winning or losing, [and] we’re going to go out there and try as hard as we can and hopefully we’ll pull this one through. – Schalk Brits
Where to Follow
Radio – BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra, BBC Somerset and BBC Radio Bristol. Kick off 12:15
Twitter - @Saracens