Jan 19, 2016
Saracens v Toulouse Match Preview
This Saturday Saracens travel to the Stade Ernest-Wallon in search of the win that will leave them unbeaten in the group stages of the European Cup for the first time in their history. A home quarter final is already secured but if the North Londoners can bring five points home with them they will secure top spot in the seedings for the knockout stages of the competition.
In the way of their goal is a Toulouse side who have been stuttering this season, having failed to find the form which has earnt them a reputation as a European powerhouse in recent years. A loss away to Oyonnax last weekend leaves the French side in fourth place in the pool with just the one win so far from their five games.
By no means though does this guarantee an easy ride for the visitors. Previous clashes between the two sides have produced an incredibly even set of statistics. Saracens edge it just, with three wins and eleven tries in contrast to Toulouse’s two wins and ten tries but across their respective histories in the competition both Toulouse and Saracens average a total of 27 points per game. There is not a lot between them.
Saracens will be buoyed by their recent form which has seen them excel in both attack and defence, scoring 25 tries whilst only conceding five, but the Stade Ernest Wallon is a tricky place for visitors and Toulouse have only lost once at home this season. If the men in black are to come away with the spoils they will be made to fight hard for them.
- Saracens have scored 192 points so far this campaign. Toulouse have totalled 68.
- Toulouse have hosted Saracens twice in the Champions Cup (W1, L1), with both games decided by margins of exactly 10 points
- Saracens are undefeated in their last three away matches; a fourth win would be their best streak away from home in their European Cup history
- Saracens have faced Top 14 opposition three times so far this campaign, winning all three matches and outscoring their opponents by a combined 132-30
- After a loss to Ulster in Round 4, Toulouse will be aiming to avoid back-to-back home defeats in the competition for the first time
- Saracens have made 55 clean breaks this season, the most of any club in the competition.
- Saracens have faced French opposition on 24 occasions in the European Cup, winning 12 of them