Saracens - Team named for cup semi final at Sale Sharks

Mar 08, 2013

Team named for cup semi final at Sale Sharks

Saracens face Sale Sharks on Sunday with a place in the final of the LV=Cup at stake.

It will be the fourth time that these two teams have met this season, the third at the Salford City Stadium. And in team news ahead of the match, the majority of the starting XV named are those who have helped the club progress to the knockout stages of the competition.

Nick Auterac, Jamie George and Petrus du Plessis make up the front row while captain Nils Mordt and Ben Spencer are the halfback pairing. Justin Melck continues his return from injury in the back row while Chris Wyles and Mouritz Botha are also in the side.

Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Neil de Kock and Charlie Hodgson are among those named on the replacement’s bench.

Saracens have won both league meetings between the two sides while a penalty kick proved to be the difference in Sale’s favour in the LV=Cup pool game in Manchester earlier this season.

“We have reached this stage in the past and we have not progressed so we want to get into the final as this is a cup we have never won,” said Saracens Forwards Coach Alex Sanderson.

“Going into the game it’s important that we rely on of some of things that we have done well traditionally as a side. That’s a strong defence, winning the territorial battle and taking the points when they are available. Sale are a very proud club and you expect them to compete, in every aspect and every phase of the game. It’s going to be tough up there, but we are looking forward to it.”

Saracens line-up vs Sale Sharks

15 Ben Ransom
14 James Short
13 Chris Wyles
12 Adam Powell
11 Joe Maddock
10 Nils Mordt
9 Ben Spencer
1 Nick Auterac
2 Jamie George
3 Petrus du Plessis
4 George Kruis
5 Mouritz Botha
6 Justin Melck
7 Nick Fenton-Wells
8 Ernst Joubert

16 Schalk Brits
17 Jared Saunders
18 Matt Stevens
19 Alistair Hargreaves
20 Andy Saull
21 Neil de Kock
22 Charlie Hodgson
23 Jack Wilson

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