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By Seany_boy
January 18 2019

After 5 spectacular rounds of Phenomenal European action, Sarries remain in the European Champions Cup, currently the only team to have a q next to their name, it's only a small q but Saracens will be looking to change that to a large Q and qualify with a home Quarter final as long as they beat Glasgow Warriors this weekend at Allianz Park.

In what should be a near sell out crowd a quality game awaits, in what is clearly a winner takes all clash, the atmosphere last time Glasgow came to London was excellent, not sure if they will bring the same numbers, but they will definitely bring the same determination to qualify as Group winners. 
Glasgow sit in 2nd in pool 3 with 18 points and only 4 behind Sarries who remain unbeaten in this year's Champions Cup to date. 
Glasgow came through a hard fought victory in round 5 against Cardiff blues 33 - 24, but always seemed to be in full control, other results in pool 3 look like this 3 - 13 v Sarries (round 1)  29 - 12 v Cardiff Blues (round 2) and a double victory over french side Lyon gives the Scottish side a very good chance of progession this time. 
A team full of Scotland Internationals including young Adam Hastings (son of the great Gavin Hastings) Stuart Hogg, Peter and George Horne, Tommy Seymour, Johnny Gray, Ryan Wilson, Fraser Brown, and the experience of ex Saracens prop Petrus Du Plessis and top try scorer DTH van Der Merwe, they are by all means a dangerous squad. In total 18 players have been named in the Scotland squad for the 6 nations, underestimate Glasgow at your peril! 
A likely line up could be, 
Hogg, Seymour, Grigg, Dunbar, Van Der Merwe, Thomson, Price, Kebble, Bryce, Du Plessis, Harley, Cummings, R Wilson, Gibbans, M Fagersen, 
Stewart, Allan, Rae, Swinson, Fusaro, G Horne, A Hastings, H Jones
Onto Saracens then, so Saracens are through to the quarter finals after a resounding victory away to Lyon 28 - 10, bonus point secured as well,thanks to a brace from Centre Nick Tompkins, a brilliant turn of pace by Ben Spencer and an excellent try by Jackson Wray. 
Top of the pool and undefeated in Europe, super stuff so far by the men in black, however they want to really make sure they get the job done at home this weekend and beat a tough Glasgow team to secure a home Quarter final. If they do win depending on results Sarries could be top seeds going into the knock out stages, champions in both 2016 and 2017, they lost out to eventual winners Leinster (who are still the team to beat this season). Sarries have had a bit of mixed form recently, however that said they have only lost two times both away from allianz park to an inform Exeter and recently to a resurgent Sale at the AJ Bell.. on the day the better teams won. With 7 in the England squad Saracens also have a very good team in this Anglo-scottish affair. Last week Saracens welcomed back England lock Maro Itoje from injury and also Liam Williams, With only Brad Barritt missing V Lyon Saracens had near enough their strongest XV available, he may well return this weekend, Dave Strettle also missed out last week due to an Illness he too could alsp feature this time around.
So with a strong team available a potential team for Sarries could be
Goode, Williams, Lozowski, Barritt, Maitland, Farrell, Wigglesworth,  M Vunipola, George, Koch, Itoje, Kruis, Rhodes, Burger, B Vunipola, 
Tolofua, Barrington, Judge, Isiekwe, Wray, Spencer, Bosch, Strettle
This really is too tough to call, an electric atmosphere, a cold Saturday afternoon and two top teams... May the best team win
Sarries to edge it by 5 points 
Ref: Pascal Gauzerre
Assistant Refs: 
Maxime Chalon and Jean-Luc Rabolah
TMO: Eric Gauzins

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18/01/2019 08:06
Thanks Sean - big challenge ahead but hopefully the boys will rise to it.

Doubt if we will see Rhodes though, sadly

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2019:01:29:20:24:41 by Darraghgirl.

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