Feb 19, 2016
Saracens v Gloucester Match Preview
It’s been a short turn around for Saracens as they hit the Allianz Park pitch on Saturday just six days after being humbled by Wasps, but it’s a turnaround that has been welcomed by the team and coaches as they aim to push forward and bounce back to winning ways.
Gloucester arrive in North London having won their last two Aviva Premiership matches, dispatching both Bath and Harlequins. The Cherry and Whites are also in good travelling form this season, having won four of their last five away games in all tournaments. However the side have not won three Premiership fixtures in a row since October 2012 and have not defeated Saracens at home since 2008.
Gloucester possess some potent weapons in their squad, including many who have represented England over the years. Captain Billy Twelvetrees and number 8 Ben Morgan have over 50 international caps between them and that wealth of experience is likely to stand them in good stead on Saturday. As well as experience Gloucester also possess youth and potential, most noticeably in the form of flanker Matt Kvesic. A real threat at the breakdown Kvesic has made a big impact since joining Gloucester in 2012/13 and could be a real thorn in Saracens side come Saturday.
Yet Saracens have never lost successive matches at Allianz Park before and have a good record against Gloucester. The Men in Back have lost just one of their last five encounters with the West Country outfit and were narrow victors when they visited Kingsholm earlier in the season. Mark McCall’s men are though expecting a tough encounter. Speaking in the week McCall said “the league is extremely competitive, and there’s no doubt that the next month will provide our group with some significant challenges…Gloucester are a good side and will provide us with a stern challenge”