Jan 26, 2018
MATCH PREVIEW: Saracens vs The Dragons
Saracens play host to the Dragons of the Pro 14 as they continue their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign this weekend.
Sarries were narrowly defeated by Harlequins and Sale Sharks in their first two games, and the team that will be led out by Ben Earl this weekend represents the next generation of Saracens stars.
The team is led by Adam Powell alongside Kelly Brown and the team that has been kicked is a strong one with Wales international Dominic Day returning to the starting line-up following a stint on the side-lines.
Sione Vailanu makes his first start for the Men in Black following on from an impressive substitute showing against Northampton Saints last Saturday at Allianz Park. Hooker Scott Spurling makes his return as well alongside Kieran Longbottom in the front row with a raft of players coming from the academy for this game against the Welsh side.
The South Walians will be captained by returning Wales Under 20 star openside Harri Keddie, who has been out for four months with a shoulder injury and will be joined by Sprinkbok Zane Kirchner at fly-half. Bernard Jackman has picked a strong side as his team hopes to ruse from the foot of their pool.
Saracens know that they will realistically need two wins from their last two games to qualify, with the 1st place team from each pool qualifying for the semi-finals next month.
In the build-up to the game, 18-year-old winger Oli Morris, who'll start on Saturday, spke to Saracens.com about the opportunities provided by the Anglo-Welsh campaign:
"It'll be really good, we don't get too many chances so I guess it's good for us to show what we're made of in front of a decent crowd, we get a lot of A-League chances but not too much in the first-team so it'll be really good.
"It'll be good to test myself against some good players, I've played a lot of A-League games with the younger lads so to play with and against some more experienced players will be really good.
"In the build-up to these games we get more of a focus, we're the main focus in training whereas we'd normally be a bit more passive in the bibs to help the rest of the team, so it's good.
"It's good to see the younger lads that I've played alongside for years giving the team-talks and they're the ones you look to as leaders. I'm close with them and it'll be good to follow them into the game."