Apr 28, 2017
Match Preview: Saracens v Bristol
It’s the last home game of the regular season at Allianz Park and Saracens will be welcoming Bristol Rugby to their North London home for the very first time.
Club legends Neil de Kock and Kelly Brown make their final appearances of their careers in the final home game of the regular season. It is also a day of milestones with hooker Schalk Brits making his 200th appearance for the club. Owen Farrell will skipper the side in what will be the England fly-half’s 150th appearance. For full team news click here.
Bristol make two changes to their squad from the side that was defeated by Wasps in round 20 with Olly Robinson returning to the starting line up and Jack O’Connell comes into the front row. On the bench England U20s prop Ollie Dawe looks set to make his first Aviva Premiership appearance.
After pushing Harlequins close on the opening day of the season it’s been a tough ride for Bristol. The West Country side have lost their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters since beating Bath by a solitary point at Ashton Gate on 26 February and have only managed one away win in the tournament this season.
One to Watch (Saracens) – Ben Earl
Back row Earl has been named on the bench for Saturday’s fixture and would make his Aviva Premiership debut if used. Earl was a member of the England U20s squad which won the Six Nations this year, captaining the side against France and Wales.
One to Watch (Bristol) – Ollie Dawe
Bristol could also see one of their England U20 squad members make his Aviva Premiership debut on Saturday, having named prop Ollie Dawe on the bench. Dawe was another member of the Six Nations winning squad this season and was named in the team of the tournament.
Last time out
Saracens visited Ashton Gate back in September where they secured a 39-0 win thanks to tries from George Kruis, Alex Lozowski (2), Jamie George and Chris Wyles. Sarries lead 10-0 at the break but pulled away in the second half to grab the bonus point.
“Both Kelly Brown and Neil de Kock will go down as legends of this club. Kelly has been an amazing player and person for Saracens. On the field, he has been unbelievably consistent setting a superb example to our younger players, constantly giving everything he had. Off the field, he is one of the most selfless people you’ll ever meet, always putting the team first - his decency and humility have always shone through in his time here. Neil will always be remembered as one of the true greats of Saracens. His contribution to this club over 11-years really is hard to put into words - he will rightly be remembered as a Saracens legend and hopefully on Saturday afternoon we can give him and Kelly the send-off they so richly deserve.” – Mark McCall
Sam Jeffries told the Bristol website “It’s a big week for us we’re really looking forward to this opportunity, they’re a top team and everyone knows that we’ve performed well against top teams in the last couple of weeks so we’re really looking forward to it.”
Referee: Andrew Jackson (5th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Paul Burton
TMO: David Rose
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