Saracens - MATCH PREVIEW: Saracens vs Leicester Tigers

Feb 23, 2018

MATCH PREVIEW: Saracens vs Leicester Tigers


Saracens host Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on Sunday as the leaders hope to extend their lead over Exeter at the top of the Aviva Premiership table.

The Men in Black have won their last five Premiership games since a win at Welford Road on Christmas Eve and come into this game in a far stronger position than they were before that game.

That performance was the catalyst for the run of recent results and Sarries could make it six wins on the spin this weekend. Leicester, meanwhile, won last time out against Harlequins but have had a poor season by their standards, currently sitting 7th, four points off the top six.

Tigers have lost seven consecutive away games and are without a Premiership win over Sarries since 20th March 2016, however, they won in the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Allianz Park last season.

Schalk Brits makes his return from injury this weekend in a boost for The Men in Black, while Dominic Day also starts. Sione Vailanu is on the bench along with Scott Spurling and Rotimi Segun to complete a strong Sarries squad.

For Leicester, in a straight swap at hooker, Tatafu's return to the front row sees club-captain Tom Youngs named as a replacement on an otherwise unchanged bench. In the absence of Youngs, Matt Toomua will captain the Tigers for the first time.

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