Jan 13, 2017
Match Preview: Scarlets v Saracens
The Champions Cup returns for the last two round of the group stages this weekend with pool leaders Saracens taking on Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.
If Saracens can overcome Scarlets this weekend the North Londoners will set a tournament new record for consecutive wins, eclipsing Munster’s run of 13 victories between 2005 and 2007. A win will also secure their spot in the knock out stages of the competition.
After beating Toulon in round four of the competition Scarlets are now in a position to look to win three consecutive home games in European competition for the first time since 2010. The Welsh region have named eight internationals in their line up for the weekend as they look to put in a big performance in what is a must win game for them if they want to keep their hopes of reaching the knock out stages alive. Scarlets are without fly half Rhys Patchell, who boasts the best kicking success rate over 10+ kicks this season (91%), however.
Last Time Out
Saracens welcomed Scarlets to Allianz Park back in October, securing a 44-26 win on the day. Nick Tompkins, who makes his 50th appearance for Saracens on Sunday, scored a stunning individual try and was joined on the score sheet by Chris Wyles, Mako Vunipola, Michael Rhodes, and Marcelo Bosch. 19 further points from the boot of Owen Farrell secured the win for the home side.
One to Watch
This week Saracens announced the signing of current Scarlets full-back Liam Williams, who will join the North Londoners on a three year deal ahead of next season. The Welsh international will line up against his future side this weekend, giving Sarries fans a good glimpse of what to expect come next season from someone who has been described by Mark McCall as “arguably one of the most talented backs in Europe”.
“It’s going to be a really tough game of course. As Mark McCall told us, for him it’s the most important game of the season so far and perhaps he’s right. Every game is very important but this one is for qualification, for the quarter final. For them it’s a must win and for us it nearly is as well so it will be a massive game and a massive challenge for both teams. We’ll have to prepare really well and be really clear of what we want to produce in the game and hopefully we can have the victory and the qualification that I think we deserve” – Marcelo Bosch
Where to Follow
Live – Parc y Scarlets, kick off 13H00
TV – Live on Sky Sports, kick off 13H00
Radio – Live on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra
Twitter - @saracens