Mar 31, 2017
Match Preview: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors
The Champions Cup returns to Allianz Park on Sunday as the knock out stages of the competition get underway.
In the third quarter final of the weekend current holders Saracens, who are competing in their eighth quarter final, come up against Glasgow Warriors who are competing in the last 8 for the first time.
Glasgow recorded some famous wins in the pool stages including back to back wins over last year’s finalists Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers. In qualifying the Warriors scored an average of 26.7 points per game, just less than Saracens’ 30.2. When it comes to tires Glasgow scored an average of 3 per game while Saracens crossed for an average of 3.3. Away from the Champions Cup Glasgow are a side packed with Scotland internationals, atleast 12 were named in every match day 23 for the side during this year’s Six Nations.
Last Time Out
Saracens and Glasgow have met twice in the European Cup before, with Saracens winning both pool stage matches in 2007/08. The sides last met in January 2008 when Saracens claimed a 17-21 win over Glasgow at Firhill Stadium. Glen Jackson scored 16 points, including a try, while Richard Haughton added the extra five points to book Saracens spot in the quarter finals.
One to Watch
At only 22 years old second row forward Jonny Gray is fast making an impression on the rugby world, particularly with his phenomenal tackle count. Going into the knock out stages Gray is currently the tournament’s top tackler having made a cool 76 tackles and missed just four over the course of the tournament. His impressive form has also seen him nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year award.
“They’re a top side they’ve really been growing over the last few years got a title in the Pro12 and they’re a top side full of top players who play unbelievably well both for Glasgow and for Scotland…we’ve got to make sure we turn up and take the game to them” – Alex Goode
Where to Follow
Live – Allianz Park, kick off 13H00, very limited tickets remain from www.saracens.com/tickets
TV – Live on Sky Sports 4, coverage from 12H30
Radio - Live commentary from 12H55 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
Twitter - @saracens