rugbyunion
Latest News:

SALING AWAYON A FRIDAY NIGHT


By Darraghgirl
February 14 2018

  A 6 day turnaround for the squad and a Friday night fixture in the frozen north aka Salford! Friday nights this season have been pretty even –a good away win at Wuss and a disappointing loss away at Castle Grim. So I guess that tees this one up for a draw!  

The previous Premiership meeting between the 2 clubs this season at Allianz produced an excellent performance by Saracens and a 41-13 home win.  It was Liam Williams’ home debut and the match also saw Ben Spencer score a brace. It was also the game which saw Billy depart with his knee injury. The clubs met again in the Anglo-welsh at the AJ Bell where Sale got their revenge with a 29-22 victory. Sadly for Sale that was not enough to get them into the semi-finals of the competition. They also failed to get through to the quarter finals of the European Challenge Cup, finishing in 3rd place in Pool 2  behind Cardiff Blues and Toulouse and winning just 2 out of 6 games.

Sale have had a rather mixed Premiership season. Last week they managed to sneak an away victory against doomed London Irish. They have won 7 and lost 7 games this season. Their home record is actually pretty good with only 2 defeats – to Newcastle and Exeter. This has left them currently in 6th place and with no other distractions, Sale’s focus will be on a top 6 finish and Champions Cup Qualification.

Sale have a smallish squad and have been rather hit by injuries. They were fortunate to have South African centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg on loan but he has now returned to Super-rugby side Lions. Controversial Australian James O’Connor is also an injury doubt although Sale will hope he makes it onto the field. Half back Faf de Klerk can play 9 or 10 but is a more natural kicking scrum half.  Marlon Yarde, another interesting character, has also been on the sidelines recently and Denny Solomona has been with the England squad. Sale have also been missing AJ McGinty and Byron McGuigan. Without these guys the Sharks back-line has lacked the cutting edge. Sale have some talented forwards, particularly Josh Beaumont and the Curry twins, although only Ben is currently fit (Tom having a serious wrist injury).

Dimes thoughts on the game are quite interesting “we know we generally give them a run for their money up here but that’s all we do – we don’t often beat them”. Sale have 2 players in Eddie Jones’ training squad – Denny Solomona and Sam Moore. However, this being a rest week in the 6 Nations, I assume they will both be released to play for their club. Sarries, on the other hand, will almost certainly not get Faz (who has an injury anyway), Maro, Jamie or Mako back. George Kruis is out of favour again and I assume Isiekwe and Lozowski will be returned to us. I doubt if Wiggy will be allowed to play against his old club but you never know! On the positive side, both Williams (injury permitting) and Maitland should be available.

Vincent Koch limped off in the early stages of last week and according to his Instagram, he has an ankle syndesmosis injury. (The bad news is that this injury involves a sprain to at least one of the ankle ligaments which hold the tibia and fibula together and takes twice as long to recover as a normal sprain! Sometimes surgery is required to stabilise the ankle – in which case Vincent is out for the season!) I thought Williams had a bit of a hobble too – hope I’m wrong. Fortunately Tolofua’s weird injury and French rugby’s even weirder rules allow him to be available for us.

So I would expect something like this:-  Goode, Williams, Bosch, Barritt, Maitland, Loz, Spencer. Barrington, Tolofua, Figallo, Isiekwe, Kruis, Burger, Clark, Wray with Skelton and Vailanu to come off the bench.

Luke Pearce is in charge assisted by Adam Leal and Wayne Falla. Stuart Terheege is the TMO.

Fortunately BT Sport are covering the game which means I can watch from the warmth and comfort of my living room. Thanks Innings for agreeing to do the match report.

Prediction? A narrow Sarries win.

View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

SALING AWAYON A FRIDAY NIGHT
TheSaracens.com (IP Logged)
14/02/2018 21:46
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

 
Re: SALING AWAYON A FRIDAY NIGHT
TonyTaff (IP Logged)
17/02/2018 14:42
Cheers DG. An expert in rehabilitation prognoses! Is there no limit to your talents?

£676.97 (*) donated to the Saracens Foundation due to visits to the Sarries frontpage [www.rugbynetwork.net]

Please read and submit articles for publication. (*) As at October 31, 2017.

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing abuse@sportnetwork.net
 

Saracens Poll

How many of our Lions will play in the double header?

See results > Submit >>