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Sup (M)
Barty II (IP Logged)
07 September, 2018 10:51
ione Vailanu will start his first Gallagher Premiership match when Bristol Bears visit Allianz Park on Saturday.
The Tongan, who featured off the bench at Newcastle Falcons last weekend, is one of five changes to the Saracens side that recorded a bonus-point win in the North East.

Two-try debutant Alex Lewington is picked on the wing with Matt Gallagher on the other flank after impressing in the Premiership Rugby Shield. Opening round starters Sean Maitland (dislocated finger) and David Strettle (head) miss out.

Ben Spencer has recovered from illness to play at scrum-half while Nick Isiekwe comes in at lock.

On the bench, Billy Vunipola and Liam Williams could see their first action of the season following injury lay-offs.

Juan Figallo (PCL) and Duncan Taylor (ACL) have been ruled out for lengthy periods.

Saracens side to face Bristol at Allianz Park on Saturday 8th September (15H00 KO):
FORWARDS: Mako Vunipola (145), Jamie George (197), Vincent Koch (40), Maro Itoje (95), Nick Isiekwe (36), Mike Rhodes (70), Jackson Wray (202), Sione Vailanu (5).

BACKS: Ben Spencer (132), Owen Farrell (175), Alex Lewington (1), Brad Barritt (224), Alex Lozowski (61), Matt Gallagher (17), Alex Goode (262).

REPLACEMENTS: Christopher Tolofua (18), Richard Barrington (137), Titi Lamositele (52), Will Skelton (26), Billy Vunipola (85), Richard Wigglesworth (211), Nick Tompkins (70), Liam Williams (16).

Re: Sup (M)
David@Sarries (IP Logged)
07 September, 2018 10:55
No mention of Ben Earl. Wonder what the plan is for a back-up 7?

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#wolfpack (IP Logged)
07 September, 2018 10:55
Hopefully Bill and Sanjay make it through their bit of game time unscathed.

Looking forward to seeing Vailanu run around from the start.

Re: Sup (M)
David@Sarries (IP Logged)
07 September, 2018 10:58
And the opposition:

15. Piers O'Conor; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren;

1. Jordan Lay, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. Lewis Thiede, 4. Ed Holmes, 5. Joe Latta, 6. Steve Luatua (c), 7. George Smith, 8. Jack Lam.

Replacements: 16. Shaun Malton, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. John Afoa, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Nick Haining, 21. Harry Randall, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Tom Pincus.

Unavailable: Jack Cosgrove (foot), Sione Faletau (calf), Aly Muldowney (neck), John Hawkins (thumb), Sam Jeffries (head), Chris Vui (groin), James Dun (knee), Tiff Eden (shoulder), Mat Protheroe (knee), Aaron Chapman (achilles), Charles Piutau (shoulder), Luke Daniels (hamstring), Ryan Edwards (hip).

Re: Sup (M)
Squawker2 (IP Logged)
07 September, 2018 11:53
Not a short injury list on the Bears' side either - however the battle of the 12s looks particularly tasty


Stuart Barnes is a Cock Womble

Re: Sup (M)
Seany_Boy0511 (IP Logged)
07 September, 2018 16:31
This will be cracking game probably be close for about 60 mins then hopefully our bench will prevail

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