Mar 31, 2016
Match Preview - Saracens v Bath
Friday night rugby returns to the Rec as Saracens travel to Bath to face the West Country side for the second time since they met in the Aviva Premiership final last May.
Saracens are expecting a tough challenge from Bath as Mark McCall acknowledged. “Bath are in good form having picked up some results as of late.” he said. “We know that they possess some very good players who are capable of winning big games. I’m sure that once again we can expect a fiercely contested clash at The Rec.
Currently sitting in ninth place in the league table Bath have not managed to pull together a consistent run of results this season however recent fixtures have seen an improvement for the home side with only one defeat coming in their last four matches. At home Bath have won their last two games however they are yet to win three in a row at the Rec so far this season.
Table topping Saracens are in good form against their hosts, having lost just one of their last 12 Premiership Rugby encounters with Bath. The Men in Black are also in good form away from home this season having only lost two matches, one to Harlequins in round 9 and the other to Leicester in round 17. Their most recent loss came however at last season’s version of this fixture when Bath defeated the North Londoners 23-11 at the Rec in October 2014 and the encounter between the sides earlier this season was a tightly contested affair with Saracens coming from 13 points behind to secure the win.
Bath, like Saracens, have been bolstered by the return of their international contingent but will also look to welcome back lock Dave Attwood on Friday night after his spell on the side lines with a neck injury. Attwood featured for Bath United in the A-League earlier this week and will be looking to continue his return to playing with a strong performance against in form Saracens second rows George Kruis and Maro Itoje.
With the Aviva Premiership taking a break next weekend for the European quarter finals Saracens will be hoping to cement their league position with a good result in what is expected to be a tough encounter.