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By Seany_boy
September 27 2018

September has come and gone, the weather has taken a turn for the worse,the dark nights are closing in, that can only mean one thing. It's round 5 of the Gallagher Premiership!       

This weekend sees an on fire Sarries taking on a Luke Warm Bath. Todd Blackadder escaped last week with a last second Dan Biggar kick crashing off the post, to win narrowly 17 - 15, in absolutely horrible conditions. 
Round 1 saw Bath in their first West Country derby of the season against New boys Bristol Bears, at a sold out Ashton Gate, Bath played some good rugby and have some class players but it appeared that Bristol wanted the Victory more and Bath were Defeated 17 - 10, in Round 2 Bath were trailing by 21 points but came fought back tremendously to gain a small 7 point advantage of their Closest Rivals Gloucester, but then a name very familiar to Bath and their fans came back to Haunt them, Matt Banahan scored in the last few moments and conversion was successful, the game ended 31 all, but since then Bath have scraped to two very close wins in rounds 3 (v Harlequins at the Stoop) and 17 - 15 v Northampton last weekend at a washed out Recreation Ground.
Looks like this could be Baths biggest challenge yet this campaign and they will have to be at their absolutely best for 80 mins to take anything from Table Toppers Saracens. Over the years Bath and Sarries have had some close run games and points and been shared between bthe two, The final in 2015 was a lesson for Bath who played well that season but in the final they were completely out classed and out played through out the final, Sarries took a commanding lead thanks to Tries from Jamie George and Owen Farrell, Bath fought back in the second half but Goode Crossed over fir the men in black in the last few mins and ended up winning 28 - 16.
A Bath team looking for their 3rd consecutive win could be:
Van Rayen, Walker, Perenise, Attwood, Ewels, Ellis, Louw, Faletau, Cook, Priestland, Rokoduguini, Willison, Wright, Cokasiga, Homer
Catt, Dunn, Delmas, Stooke, Z Mercer, Green, Burns, Clark
As for Sarries, the current Champions, are just playing out of this world, the only team left.with 100 % record, and with 4 Bonus point wins leaves them 1 point ahead of close challengers, Exeter Chiefs. Sarries may have looked a little rusty on the first 3 fixtures but got.the job done with their ruthlessness, winning mentality and ability to create opportunities from nothing, can anybody stop them?! Last weekend at Allianz Park they took on Gloucester, and Saracens took control early on and sucked the life out of Gloucester. They kept Cipriani quiet, There backs (Jake Polledri aside) didn't appear to turn up, and Matt Banahan barely touched the ball, wasnt even sure.he was playing! Sarries took an early lead through the boot of Owen Farrell and a brilliant try by Dave Strettle, Sarries second try was a combination of Sheer Brilliance, a bit of luck and tenacity, as Farrell had a penalty advantage he put up an almighty Bomb, the swirling wind helped as the balled came down, bounced backwards and hit the underside of the bar,came back into play and Maro Itojw gathered and grounded right under the sticks for a great try on 27 minutes, roughly 10 mins later Itoje went over for his second try and Sarries went in at half time 24 - 3. Gloucester couldn't match up with Sarries in any aspect of the Game, and thanks to tries from Sean Maitland and Alex Lozowski, Sarries went 38 - 3 up, within the last 15 mins Gloucester gave it there all, almost conceded two more intercept tries but Sarries wolf.paxk defense was breached twice and the game ended 38 - 15.
In what was by far Sarries best performance for the.season, they will want to address those late issues as they look to improve and maintain their perfect start to the 2018/19 campaign, Billy Vunipola and Jackson Wray were unavailable v Gloucester but could well return this weekend, Vincent Koch is away with the Springboks and that means Loanees Judge may make his senior debut for Sarries. An embarrasment of the backs means it could well be anyone from 6 who start although Strettle didn't return from a HIA so as a precaution he may miss this one.
A potential Sarries line up could be:
M Vunipola, George, Lamositele, Kruis, Skelton, Itoje, Wray, B Vunipola, Spencer, Farrell, Lewington, Barritt, Lozowski, Maitland, Goode
Barrington, Tolofua, Judge, Isiekwe, Burger, Wigglesworth, Tompkins, L Williams
Ref: Tom Foley (55th premiership Game)
Assistant Refs: Roy Maybank and Anthony Woodthorpe
TMO: Geoff Warren
Citing Officer: John Byett
Match Prediction: If Sarries can find the form like they did v Gloucester and the weather looking similar... Can only see a big Sarries win by 18 points

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27/09/2018 19:53
Thanks Sean
Apologies for chasing you - didn't check the email box first!

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:10:12:10:11:49 by Darraghgirl.

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