Nov 21, 2013
After a two week LV=Cup hiatus, Saracens are back in Aviva Premiership action this weekend.
Here, Henry Fraser looks back at the season so far;
Saracens - The Premiership season...so far
Played 7, won 6.
It seems the disappointment of a home semi-final defeat to the Saints last season has been left where it belongs, in the past.
It has been a strong start to the Aviva Premiership season for Sarries. With six wins from seven games it's been an almost perfect start to the season.
A team cannot start the season much better than with a bonus point win. That is exactly how it started for Sarries this year with four tries and forty two points against London Irish. It was a last gasp, last minute try from Ashton that secured the bonus point. This impressive start was just the beginning for Sarries.
One of the most impressive things for Sarries this season, and extremely pleasing for the fans, has been the home form. It has been raining tries at Allianz Park in the first four home games. With four wins from four and three bonus point wins, you couldn't really ask for more without being greedy. With a home scoring record that is top in the Premiership so far this season (scored 134 points, conceded 44 points and scored 15 tries) Allianz Park is fast becoming, pardon the old cliché, a fortress. A ground opponents will fear and home fans relish in the atmosphere.
This home record has come against much fancied teams for this years season, especially those from the West Country. The first against a Gloucester side with a lot to prove from last season. Unfortunately this game will be remembered for Nick Woods red card just after the first minute when he decided to use Jacques Burger's face as boot cleaner. Despite this Sarries still had to play the rest of the game in testing conditions. They eventually went on to score five tries and really punish Gloucester for their ill-discipline.
Up next was Bath who were going into this season as expected eventual semi-finalists. However they came up against a powerful Saracens team who are always up for the toughest of challenges. It laid down a real marker for the other clubs as Sarries recorded their third consecutive bonus point of the season.
The win over Wasps was not the most fluid performance, but the boys managed to grind out the win to continue the perfect home record.
Away from home has not been such a consistent story, with probably the best and most forgettable fixtures coming on the road. The win over Harlequins was a superb performance that saw Quins play some of their best rugby this year and throw everything at Sarries, but the Wolfpack held them out, and the boot of Farrell and a try from Ashton made it a great win.
The away loss to the Saints is one that most fans and players would like to forget. To concede a bonus point in that manner was very disappointing, but it definitely spurred on the team for the following week. It was just unfortunate for the Falcons who had to face the backlash as Sarries scored five tries and picked up their fourth try bonus point of the season.
After a flying start to the season the next block of Premiership games become very important as sides can really start to open up big gaps in the league. With international players returning it looks like a promising time for the club, especially with players pushing for places during the break for the LV Cup. It's very pleasing times.
- 7/9/13 - London Irish 20 - 42 Saracens
- 15/9/13 - Saracens 44 - 12 Gloucester Rugby
- 22/9/13 - Saracens 31 - 17 Bath Rugby
- 28/9/13 - Harlequins 12 - 22 Saracens
- 5/10/13 - Saracens 19 - 12 London Wasps
- 26/10/13 - Northampton Saints 41 - 20 Saracens
- 3/11/13 - Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle Falcons