Apr 06, 2018
Match Preview: Northampton Saints vs Saracens
Saracens are back in Aviva Premiership action this weekend and head to Northampton Saints looking for back-to-back league wins.
Mark McCall has made five changes to the side that suffered defeat in Europe last weekend. Blair Cowan, Ben Spencer, Schalk Brits, Alex Lozowski and Chris Wyles all start.
Alex Goode is rested while Billy Vunipola, Vincent Koch, Michael Rhodes, Calum Clark and Joel Conlon remain sidelined through injury.
Meanwhile, centre Duncan Taylor returns to the Sarries 23 for the first time since January.
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Northampton have had a shaky season by their standards and sit third from bottom in the league table. Saints have conceded the second most amount of points in the Premiership this season (501) and were knocked out of the Champions Cup in the pool stage.
Cobus Reinach, Reece Marshall and Teimana Harrison all return for the East Midlands club who have lost just once at Franklin’s Gardens in all competitions in 2018. Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes are absent, leaving Christian Day to skipper the side from lock.
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Head to Head
Sarries have already faced Northampton three times this season, ending victorious on each occasion. On average, the Men in Black scored 58 points per match against Saints. Last time out, Owen Farrell slotted 11 kick and Saracens scored seven tries as Saracens qualified for the Champions Cup last eight with an emphatic 62-14 victory at Allianz Park.
Ben Spencer told Saracens.com: “We’ve got to prepare as well as we can for the test that’s coming as we know it’s going to be a tough game, there’s not doubt about it. We’ve had a few good results against them this year and hopefully we’ll get another one at the weekend.”
Interim Northampton coach Alan Dickens told their club website: “We’ve come on a long way defensively in recent weeks and ultimately we’ve got to win that gainline. That’s the same every single week of the season and especially against Saracens as they are a very physical side.”
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