Apr 18, 2016
Storm News: Who to watch ahead of Bristol Utd clash
Tonight Saracens Storm are back in action looking to maintain their 100% record in the Southern Conference. Having already booked their spot in the A League semi-finals, a win for Kevin Sorrell’s side will secure a home semi-final at Allianz Park as the Storm look to win back-to-back A League titles.
An England Under 18 international, Gallagher made his first A League appearance away to Exeter Braves in round 1 of the A -League campaign as a substitute before appearing in the home encounter against Bath United where he scored a fine try. Currently dual registered with Old Albanians, Gallagher impressed in the Storm’s last outing against Quins A at Allianz Park which was his second start of the campaign, this time at full back showing his versatility. He starts at outside centre tonight after appearing on the left wing form England Academies U19s last week.
A former Rosslyn Park sevens player of the tournament with Millfield, he previously played at full back but has now been moulded into a scrum half since joining the Saracens academy. Tom Whitely started this seasons A-League campaign by coming on as a substitute away to Exeter Braves. Whitely scored his second try in as many A League games in an impressive cameo against London Irish and has since gone on to make an appearance in every A League game this season. A danger off the bench, livewire Whiteley could spark the Storm side into action if introduced.
After unearthing George Kruis and Maro Itoje, Saracens have the knack of spotting a promising lock forward, and in Nick Isikewe the Club has another exciting prospect on their hands. The hard-working forward from Haileybury College has been a member of the England U18s squad and will be looking to make his mark in the A League once again in tonight’s game.
On the comeback trail
Saracens’ Wales international will be heading back West at the end of the season to return to Cardiff Blues after a successful period in north London. After sustaining a calf injury in Saracens home over Gloucester the highly experienced loosehead prop will start tonight looking to get some valuable game-time under his belt to bolster Sarries front row options at a timely period of the season.
After a back injury has robbed the talented centre of game-time this season, Tim Streather will be looking to make his mark in the A League as he eases himself back into action after a frustrating 2015/16 campaign that started promisingly for the ex-Nottingham midfielder with a try in round one of the Aviva Premiership against Sale Sharks. A game-breaker with ball in hand, Streather will be looking to regain his match sharpness under the Monday Night Lights at Clifton RFC.