Saracens - Match Preview: Saracens vs Bath

Apr 13, 2018

Match Preview: Saracens vs Bath


Saracens are back at Allianz Park for the first time in seven weeks as they host Bath on Sunday.

Team News

Chris Wyles will make his 250th appearance for the club on the wing, almost 10 years after making his Sarries debut.

There are three changes to the side that dismantled Northampton Saints last weekend with Richard Wigglesworth, Schalk Burger and Dom Day selected in the starting XV.

Maro Itoje has been rested from the 23 while Michael Rhodes features on the bench following three months out with a hamstring injury.

The match comes too soon for Billy Vunipola (arm) and Vincent Koch (ankle).

For the full team, click here.

The Opposition 

Todd Blackadder has made one alteration to his team that suffered defeat in ‘the Clash’ against Leicester Tigers.

Tom Ellis comes in at blindside flanker for the injured Matt Garvey, with Charlie Ewels skippering the Somerset outfit. Kahn Fotuali’I and Rhys Priestland continue their half-back partnership, with Aled Brew and Matt Banahan on the wings.

Bath’s injury list also includes Chris Cook (concussion), Semesa Rokodunguni (shoulder) and Zach Mercer (neck).

For the full Bath team, click here.

Head to Head

Last time out, Semesa Rokodunguni’s late double earned Bath victory over Sarries at the Rec.

In May 2015, the Men in Black won the Aviva Premiership at Twickenham with Owen Farrell scoring 18 out of Saracens’ 28 points.

Last season, the two teams won one apiece – Bath 14-11 in Somerset, Saracens 53-10 at Allianz Park.

We Said 

Liam Williams told Saracens.com: “I played with Priest (Rhys Priestland) for the Scarlets and Toby (Faletau) back home in Wales. They are both class players and they’re going to be huge threats to us on the weekend.”

They Said

Jack Walker told Bath’s website: They were European Champions last season and they are a fantastic team with world-class players, but we’ve already shown this season that we can beat them.”

How to follow

Radio: Live on BBC Radio London
TV: Live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 14H30
Twitter: Follow #SarriesLive via @saracens

 

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