Mar 30, 2018
Match Preview: Leinster vs Saracens
Sunday’s fixture against Leinster is Saracens’ seventh consecutive Champions Cup quarter-final with the past five ending in victory.
Leinster reached the knockout stages with ease, winning all six of their pool stage matches and gaining three try bonus points in the process. It meant the Irish province advanced as the top seed and with several of their players part of Ireland’s Six Nations Grand Slam side, they are bound to be brimming with confidence. Industrious at the breakdown and fierce in attack, Leinster are first in their Pro 14 conference after 13 wins in 18 matches.
Scrum-half Luke McGrath came through Leo Cullen’s outfit’s loss to Ospreys last week after making his return from a knee injury, while Dave Kearney (shoulder) is out.
For opposition injury news in full, click here.
Last Time Out
Leinster ended the pool stage with a 23-14 away win against Montpellier. Ross Byrne scored his first senior try and kicked eight points to secure victory. Robbie Henshaw and Sean Cronin were also on the scoresheet.
Sarries produced an emphatic display, putting 60 points on Northampton Saints to keep their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive. The Men in Black scored seven tries, six converted by Owen Farrell, with the England international adding five penalties.
Schalk Burger told Saracens.com: ““We’re travelling to Dublin for a new challenge this weekend against a Leinster side who play some really good football and have dominated Europe quite easily if you look at the pool. We have to embrace the challenge and we’re looking forward to playing at the Aviva which is a phenomenal stadium.”
Stuart Lancaster told the Telegraph: “Lads will leave a situation where they have not got the outcome they wanted and the motivation is to go back to the club and play. They’re a tight-knit group at Saracens. Mark McCall has done a brilliant job at creating that sense of culture and identity that really drives their mentality.”
How to follow
Live: Tickets to the game are sold out
TV: UK & Ireland: LIVE on BT Sport 2 from 3.30pm
USA: LIVE on ESPN3 from 10.30am EST
South Africa: LIVE on SuperSport 1 from 4.30pm
Canada: LIVE on Sportsnet World from 10.30am
Asia: LIVE on Eurosport Asia from 10.30pm HKT
New Zealand: LIVE on The Rugby Channel from 4.30am, Monday
Australia: LIVE on BeinSports 3 from 1.30am AEST, Monday
Radio: Live on BBC Radio London and BBC 5Live
Twitter: Follow #SarriesLive via @saracens