Dec 17, 2015
Saracens v Oyonnax Match Facts
On Saturday we welcome Oyonnax to Allianz Park for in the second week of these back to back European fixtures.
For Oyonnax this will be their first Champions Cup match outside of France and the newcomers will be looking to make an impression following their 45-10 defeat to the men in black last weekend. For Saracens the game presents an opportunity to extend their winning run in Europe and to win four consecutive pool matches for the first time in a single European Cup campaign since 2011/12.
Renowned for their defensive prowess, Saracens also go into the game in fine attacking form as the top try scorers in the competition with 13 tries to their name and with winger Chris Wyles the tournament’s leading try scorer having crossed the line four times in three games.
On paper Oyonnax are up against it having never won a European fixture in England, losing all three previous Challenege Cup ties by an aggregate score of 30-106. However the French side surprised many last season and will be looking to do the same in North London on Saturday. With 9,000 tickets sold for the game so far this promises to be a huge afternoon of rugby.
- Saracens have won 10 of the last 11 matches at home in Europe, averaging 35 points per game in this run
- Saracens are the leading scorers in this season’s Champions Cup, heading into round four with 104 points to their name.
- Sarries have also made the most clean breaks than any other side in their opening games, with the north Londoners breaching opponents’ defences on 35 occasions
- Saracens have faced French opposition in European competition on 52 separate occasions, winning 34 times, losing 18.
- Oyonnax are the 13th French side Sarries have faced in competitive European competition since facing Narbonne in 1997, when the Men in Black won away from home 18-16.