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By Seany_boy
October 26 2017

After 2 solid weeks of fantastic European Cup action, the Aviva Premiership returns this weekend.Saracens are at Allianz Park once again and currently on exceptional form, their visitors this weekend are the newly promoted London Irish.    Irish had a very decent start on opening weekend when they beat Harlequins in week 1 at the London Double Header, where half of the remaining crowd appeared to be delighted with the result that day. Since then though they have failed to win any other games in the Premiership but because they have won 1 more game than Worcester and picked up a vital Losing Bonus Point on the way they are 5 points ahead of their potential relegation rivals.

In Europe it's won 1 lost 1 for Irish, Richard Cockerills (Remember him) Edinburgh beat Irish in round 1 of the Challenge Cup but Irish travelled to France last weekend and smashed Stade Francais 44 - 7, scoring 7 tries along the way to grab an Away win and a try bonus point, among the scorers were Scott Steele, London Irish long service man Topsy Ojo grabbing a brace and Ben Ransom, formerly of this parish.
That result out in France proves the Exiles are not to be taken for granted and shows they can be deadly near the white wash. And with Ojo and Lewington on the wings a try is never far away. Irish have masses of talent through their squad and their experienced ront row consists of World Cup Winner Ben Franks, Hooker David Paice and another Ex Sarrie who has three premiership titles and two European Champions cup medals to his name, Petrus Du Plessis, Petrus is also considering retirement but is not short of options when the time comes to hang up his boots. Borislav (his wrestling Alto ego) could go into pyhsio therapy, Acting  wrestling, or becoming a rugby coach,or a combination of all four (now that would be interesting to see)
Irish have had success against Saracens on the artificial pitch back in 2014 when they won 22 - 13 and will be looking to repeat that success, however recent form v Saracens isn't great, losing the last four times in recent years against the current European Champions.
So with Irish looking to add to their big win on France, we could see  a few changes from Europe and utlising their experienced players they have, a potential Irish line up could be
B Franks, Paice ©,  du Plessis, Van de Merwe, de Chaves, McNally, Cowan, Treveranus, Steele, Marshall, Ojo, Williams, Tikoirotuma, Lewington, Bell
Porecki, Elrington, Hoskins, Paulo, Schatz, 
McKibbin, Ransom
Saracens in contrast to London Irish are in excellent form only dropping points to Bath in round 2, every other game Saracens have recorded a win, many with Bonus Points and a hat full of tries coming from  every consealable angle along the way. After a perfect start in Europe with 10 points from a possible 10 and topping the Aviva Premiership at this stage, Saracens are one of the favourites to lift the Premiership trophy once again. However last time out Saracens may have grabbed a victory and claimed a try bonus point but they had to work Mighty hard for it, an outstanding Ospreys side came to Allianz Park and at times were in cruise control. They we're finding holes in the Saracens 'Wolf Pack' defense with immense line speed, stupendous offloading and exceptional work at the breakdown and set pieces to claim 2 bonus points. The final score in the end was Saracens 36- 34, but compare that to the week before when Saracens travelled up the M1 to play their rivals Northampton Saints and Saracens were almost flawless and produced one of the most complete performances any side has ever produced,  totally dominated Saints on their own patch and put another 50 points past them, the second time already this season. Ultimately winning 57 - 13. Saracens themselves have an excellent team, a brilliant Ethos and it's a club where people just want to be at, the proof is in the recent contract extensions to players like Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Spencer and Alex Lozowski. Furthermore Mark McCall has been quoted saying he wants to stay at Saracens longer as well, the future certainly is looking good for Saracens. With the Anglo Welsh Cup on the horizon and the Autumn Internationals there is an expectation that the famous Saracens rotation policy will be used this week, and surely Maro 'the Machine' Itoje will not feature. Other players who may be due a rest are Owen Farrell, M Vunipola, Jamie George and with recent reconstruction of his face after a head clash last week Brits is likely to miss out. Some of the Saracens up and coming players like Nick Tompkins and Nathan Earle could be due a start and in the Back Row Jackon Wray could be rested so Ben Earl may also feature for the senior team.
A potential line up for Saracens could be
Barrington, Tolofua, Figallo, Isiekwe, Day, Clark, Burger, Earl, Spencer, Lozowski, Earle, Barritt ©, Tompkins, Williams, Goode
Spurling, Thompson Stringer, Koch, Skelton, Conlon, Wigglesworth,  Malins, Wyles
Even with rotation Saracens look too strong for London Irish and will be looking for another 5 Points but you never quite know in Rugby and the luck of the Irish could come into force again.
Match Prediction : Saracens win by 18 Points
Saturday 28th October 2017
Venue : Allianz Park
Match Officials
Ref: Andrew Jackson (9th Premiership game)
Assistant Refs: Paul Burton & Roy Maybank
TMO: David Sainsbury
Citing officer: Steve Savage

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26/10/2017 14:49
Thanks Sean, interesting team selection dilemma this week with 2 anglo-welsh games coming up plus the autumn internationals
Surely Maro must get a week off??

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2017:11:06:18:22:31 by Darraghgirl.

Westrock (IP Logged)
26/10/2017 15:13
And you have managed to get Earl Spencer in the team 😃

TonyTaff (IP Logged)
27/10/2017 08:39
Thanks Seany.

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