Feb 09, 2017
Catch Saracens U18 at Allianz Park on Friday evening
Saracens U18 will face Bath U18 at Allianz Park on Friday night, kick-off 19h30.
Fresh from a fine win away to Exeter U18, Saracens fans will have the chance to watch some of the stars of the future with entry free of charge.
Academy manager, Don Barrell: “It’s our last league game of the season and we’ll be facing a quality Bath side so it would great to get some fans down to Allianz Park on Friday evening to cheer the boys on. Bath are a well-coached side, so we’re expecting a tough game.”
Saracens U18 team to face Bath U18
15 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 14 Oliver Bluck, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Josh Hallett, 11 Chriis Annous; 10 Manu Vunipola, 9 Bryn McCall; 1 Kapeli Pifeleti, 2 Billy Young, 3 Najee Mundicha; 4 Zach Conley, 5 Joel Kpoku; 6 Tobias Munday, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ned Potter.
Replacements: 16 Sam Crean, 17 Andrew Boye, 18 Tavis Hunter, 19 Alfie Scopes, 20 Oscar Ferneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Liam Batty, 23 Matt Gilham
Academy manager Don Barrell picks out some ‘ones to watch’ ahead of Friday’s game.
Ned Potter – No8
“Ned’s been injured for a block of games this season and he returned last week against Exeter and was superb for the 70 minutes -which is testament to the work he’s been doing. He brings a real physical edge, he’s very fit, reads the game well and is strong lineout option for us.”
Manu Vunipola – Fly-Half/Centre
“Manu is a ball playing fly-half or centre and he’s been playing very well this season. He’s beginning to show a great balance to his game with his kicking game and game management having improved. Defensively, he’s made big improvements and he’s really growing as a young player this season. He’s at Harrow School, alongside several other academy players and the pleasing thing is that group are driving each other on and raising standards and Manu is playing a big part in that.”
Oliver Bluck – Full-back/Fly-half
“Ollie stepped onto the wing for us against Exeter last week where he had one of his best performances of the season. He’s worked very hard, communicated exceptionally well and he was rewarded with two scores. He is studying at Newhall School and plays alongside Oli Morris and Josh Hallett, so there’s a good understanding in our back division. There’s no question that he deserves his place in team - he’s worked incredibly hard.”
Oscar Furneaux - Flanker
“Oscar’s been part of the system for some time and he’s come off the bench on several occasions this season and added huge energy to the group. Last week he charged down a kick in a vital period of the game to score. He is a tenacious, hard-working terrier-like player who lives the clubs ‘work-rate’ value every time he crosses the white line.”