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By Seany_boy
December 19 2018

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, i'M telling ya why..........     Saracens are coming to town..      

he Champions Cup takes a break, and the Gallagher premiership comes back and is in full swing now, and as we reach that time of year when we think about Christmas, presents,  Turkey, and spending time  with family, and lots of festive tunes (some may appear in this preview) an important game of Rugby comes along!  
2018 belongs to Sarries, they are unbeaten both domestically and in Europe, and with the amount of Injuries and International call ups it's a remarkable achievement to still be unbeaten at this stage. 
Exeter Chiefs are hot on Sarries tail with a solitary defeat to Harlequins their only blemish in the Gallagher premiership.
Onto this weekend then and Sarries and their (oh come oh ye) faithful travel down to Sandy Park for this top of the table clash.
Exeter will be looking to continue their winning ways after beating Gloucester in the return champions cup fixture. Dubba dubba dum dum dubba dubba dum dum dum can they stop the Saracens? 
Exeter are notoriously dangerous and with the atmosphere at Sandy park turned up to 11 they will certainly think they have the ability to stop Saracens unbeaten run this far, they have a very strong driving maul and are deadly when they get into the oppositions 22, however it appears when a team can beat Exeter at the Break down and stop their maul they can beat Exeter. Within the Exeter ranks they have a lot of experience and flair in the backs with Joe Simmonds, Jack (the first) Nowell (unfortunately he is sidelined for the foreseeable future) Henry Slade (also currently Injured) Olly Woodburn, and the evergreen Gareth Steenson and in the forwards they have Alec Hepburn, Luke Cowan Dickie, Don Armand, Sam Simmonds and their club Captain Jack Yeandle.
Since gaining promotion to the premiership Exeter have just improved and the proof came when they won the title in 2017. Their next challenge is winning the European cup and they  have not been able to fulfill that potential this season, however within the next few seasons that could well be a possibility, coached by the excellent Rob Baxter they have a set a solid foundation and bring in experienced players when necessary. 
A potential line up on Saturday could be
Hepburn, Yeandle ©, Williams, Dennis, J Hill, s Skinner, Armand, Lawdray, J Maunder, Steenson, Woodburn, Devoto, S Hill, Cordero, Dollman,
Replacements: Cowan Dickie, Moon, Francis, Lees, Lonsdale, S Maunder, J Simmonds, Whitten
Saracens themselves have had an absolute stellar start to the 2018/19 campaign. They haven't lost a game all season, and sit top of both the Gallagher premiership and Pool 3 in the champions cup, thanks a to a trenedous double of Cardiff Blues, they have been tested along the way though, and have a total of 18 top players missing through Injury and International call ups in recent weeks, but the strength in depth has been wonderful and the ability to rely on their academy as usual is dealing rewards as they start bringing through players who will be world class in the future (Ben Earl, Joel Kpoku, Matt Gallagher, Max Malins to name a few) 
The current champions had to hold off a strong fight back from the Tigers at Welford road a few weeks back and also had to come from behind to beat the Blues on two.occasions.  Saracens will be looking to continue their wonderful start and kicking on to hopefully secure top spot in pool and qualify for the quarter finals  of the Champions Cup for a successive 7th season, and if they have their way regain the title of European champions once again. Just like were in 2016 and 2017.
Domestically they are looking to Add another title and defend their crown. 
Billy Vunipola and Jackson Wray are likely to miss out, Ben Earl would be the likely Number 8.  Liam Williams is still not quite ready to return to action so the inform Lewington to continue on the wing, and also With Maro Itoje out Injured a chance for the not so Little Saint Nick Isiekwe and Skelton to be the second row choice pairing once again this weekend
Potentially for Saracens then:
M Vunipola, George, Koch, Isiekwe, Skelton, Rhodes, Burger, Earl
Goode, Lewington, Lozowski, Barritt (c), Maitland, Farrell, Wigglesworth,
Woolstencroft, Barrington, Figallo, Kruis, Clark, Spencer, Tompkins, Gallagher
Ref: Tom Foley (58th Premiership Game)
Assistant Refs: Christophe Ridley and Greg MacDonald
TMO: Geoff Warren
So will Sarries be Singing Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way, or will the Cheifs be having Jolly Holly Christmas, or will it end in a draw and be a Silent Night? 
One thing is for sure,  it's going to be a Christmas Cracker, and good tidings of comfort and joy.
Prediction : Sarries to Edge it by 6 points

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19/12/2018 15:25
Thanks Sean, a very festive preview

May your days be Merry and bright
And may all your predictions be right

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2018:12:29:22:46:11 by Darraghgirl.

SarrieSaint (IP Logged)
19/12/2018 15:43
Excellent preview Seany. I am really looking forward to this game. Personally hoping that Kruis starts and Nick plays 6 so we have multiple options to disrupt any Chiefs lineout.
Keep the ball, keep discipline and take all points. That'll do!

Highbury Saracen (IP Logged)
19/12/2018 15:59
Great preview Seany ....just says 'ATE' in title instead of 'ARE' !! smiling smiley....or is it a turkey reference!

European champions 2016 & 2017

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:12:19:16:00:29 by Highbury Saracen.

Darraghgirl (IP Logged)
19/12/2018 17:06
Highbury Saracen
Great preview Seany ....just says 'ATE' in title instead of 'ARE' !! smiling smiley....or is it a turkey reference!

my fault not Sean's, sorry

Should be OK now

TonyTaff (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 06:49
Thanks Sean.

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AP (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 09:55
I kike your coinage of a "trenedous" double over Cardfiff Blues - tremendous, tenuous, tremulous, trembling, and everything except tedious!

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Seany_Boy0511 (IP Logged)
21/12/2018 16:48
I kike your coinage of a "trenedous" double over Cardfiff Blues - tremendous, tenuous, tremulous, trembling, and everything except tedious!

Haha, well that's the issue of doing a preview on a smart phone, sometimes it decides to do predictive text and other times it just doesn't correct the words if you hit a wrong letter by mistake

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