Jan 31, 2014
Saints vs Saracens - Match preview
Saracens travel to Franklin's Gardens to face Northampton Saints in round 4 of the LV=Cup. Henry Fraser previews Saturday's clash.
Northampton - Form guide, won 10, drawn 1, lost 1.
After the heavy defeat at Franklin's Gardens, Saracens will be looking to make amends this time around.
The Saints seem to be continuing their great form they finished with at the end of last season. They are in blistering form in the league, hot on the heels of Sarries.
They have built a tremendous squad, just like Sarries, that has great strength in depth and Saturday will a test of both teams. With so many internationals missing both can boast impressive teams.
Saints like to build throughout a game and stats show they get stronger through every quarter of the game culminating in a strong final quarter. They have scored thirty six tries in the league with twenty six coming at home. They score a lot either side of half time and even more in the final quarter.
The big factor could be down to who gets dominance up front in the forwards. Both teams possess big forwards that will be looking to get stuck into each other. The set piece is massive for the Saints.
Their great form has lead continued into the LV=Cup too wining three out of three matches. They are continuing to put lots of points on to teams, with thirty three being the fewest points they have scored in a game.
Not only is their attack first rate, but their defence is stand out too. The boast the defence with fewest points, (169) and fewest tries conceded. They have only leaked fourteen tries all year in the league and barely one try per game in the cup. However most of the tries they concede are in the final twenty minutes. It is even more important for Saracens to finish strong.
Even though both teams are missing many international players, they will both field two strong teams
Players to watch
Tom Collins - This youngster has burst onto the scene this season. Still only nineteen years old he's already been thrust into huge arenas and stood his ground impressively. He possess serious speed that causes problems to the best defenders.
James Wilson - After a period of injury that saw him miss a few important games, Wilson will be using the LV to regain his early season form. He is an all-round talent that can play near enough anywhere in the back line. His skills are first rate and his natural Kiwi attacking ability combine for a serious rugby player. Wilson has great speed and an outside break to go through most defences.