Saracens - Match Preview: London Irish vs Saracens

Apr 27, 2018

Match Preview: London Irish vs Saracens


Saracens can secure a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a victory over London Irish on Sunday.

Team News

Mark McCall has made seven changes to his starting XV for the trip to the Madejski.

Vincent Koch returns from an ankle injury to start at tighthead while his compatriot Michael Rhodes begins at six.

Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Ben Spencer, Duncan Taylor and Alex Goode also start.

Billy Vunipola is back on the bench.

For full team news, click here.

The Opposition 

After being recalled from his loan at Allianz Park, Blair Cowan will play against Sarries.

He partners Jake Schatz in the back row while Greig Tonks replaces the injured Tommy Bell at 15.

Johnny Williams starts at inside centre with Theo Brophy Clews switching to fly-half. Sunday is Irish skipper David Paice’s last home match.

For Irish’s full team news, click here.

Last time out

Owen Farrell grabbed 19 points as Sarries secured a comfortable win over Irish at Allianz Park. The England fly-half scored one of six tries against the Exiles with Mako Vunipola, Liam Williams, Chris Wyles and Nathan Earle (2) also on the scoresheet in the 44-13 victory.

We Said 

Sean Maitland told Saracens.com: “We’ve had two big wins in a row, but we know we haven’t peaked and there’s a massive focus on trying to get better every week; the leaders in the team and the coaches are definitely driving that message to all the boys.”

They Said

Declan Kidney told Irish’s website: “We’ve trained well over the past two weeks and we’re under no illusions at the task in hand as we look forward to the challenge of facing a very good Saracens team.”

How to follow

Radio: Live on BBC Radio London
Twitter: Follow #SarriesLive via @saracens

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