Leeds Carnegie v Saracens preview

Saracens have won their last eight games against Leeds in all competitions since Leeds were victorious 29-23 at Vicarage Road on 26 September 2004.


Leeds Carnegie seem to have really turned a corner and are in fact in fifth best in the Premiership on current form, having gained 15 points from their last six matches.


Leeds have won their last two games in the Guinness Premiership and have not won three in a row in the competition since season 2004-05. Saracens only win in their last five games in the Guinness Premiership was 25-20 against Worcester at Wembley Stadium on 13 February.


Sarries have not won away from home in the Premiership since they visited Bath on 31 October


Saracens prop Matias Aguero returns from international duty and he packs down alongside Schalk Brits who starts at hooker. Tom Ryder gets the nod in the second row while Jacques Burger and Justin Melck both come into the back row on rotation.


In the backline, Rodd Penney comes in at wing in the only change. On the bench, Fabio Ongaro is available after international duty along with Rhys Gill.


Saracens Director of Rugby Brendan Venter said: “The Guinness Premiership is a very close competition and Leeds have proved just that with their results in recent weeks. They go into the game on the back of a very good performance against Wasps last weekend and that has made things even tighter at the foot of the table.


“From our perspective, I couldn’t fault the effort and commitment from the players last week and I know they will give just as much on Sunday after a week in which they have trained exceptionally hard.”


Scott Barrow will look to celebrate his new two year contract with Leeds Carnegie with a return to the side.


Barrow missed last Sunday’s win over London Wasps with a calf strain but comes back into the side to replace Henry Paul in the centres.


Leeds are still without Andy Gomarsall (leg), Rob Rawlinson (neck) and Danny Paul (shoulder) through injury.


Leeds Carnegie v Saracens
Date 7th March 2010
Kick off 15:00
Venue Headingley Carnegie

 

Teams

Leeds Carnegie


15. Leigh Hinton , 14. Henry Fa’afili , 13. Seru Rabeni , 12. Scott Barrow , 11. Lee Blackett , 10. Ceiron Thomas , 9. Scott Mathie , 1. Mike MacDonald , 2. Andy Titterrell , 3. Juan Gomez , 4. Erik Lund , 5. Marco Wentzel (C) , 6. Kearnan Myall , 7. Hendre Fourie , 8. Rhys Oakley


Reserves 16. Vili Ma’asi , 17. Gareth Hardy , 18. Phil Swainston , 19. Calum Clark , 20. Alfie To’oala , 21. Joe Bedford , 22. Joe Ford , 23. Richard Welding


Saracens


15 Alex Goode , 14 Rodd Penney , 13 Kameli Ratuvou , 12 Brad Barritt , 11 Chris Wyles , 10 Derick Hougaard , 9 Neil de Kock , 1 Matias Aguero , 2 Schalk Brits , 3 Richard Skuse , 4 Hayden Smith , 5 Tom Ryder , 6 Wikus van Heerden (c) , 7 Jacques Burger , 8 Justin Melck


16 Fabio Ongaro , 17 Rhys Gill , 18 Tom Mercey , 19 Mouritz Botha , 20 Ernst Joubert , 21 Justin Marshall , 22 Adam Powell , 23 Michael Tagicakibau

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