Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons Preview

Saracens have won their last four matches against Newcastle in all competitions, whilst the Falcons have won just once at Vicarage Road since 2001: 22-19 in the Premiership on 30 December 2007.


Saracens have won their last six matches in all competitions since their 14-24 defeat at home to Clermont Auvergne on 21 January. Saracens only home defeat in the Premiership since last February was 9-23 to Exeter Chiefs on 30 October.


Newcastle Falcons’ three game winning run in all competitions came to an end in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in Northampton on Sunday. The Falcons have won just once away from home in the Premiership this season: 22-5 at Leeds on 27 February.


Matt Stevens gets his second Saracens start for the club to come in at loose head prop while second row Hayden Smith, scrum half Neil De Kock and wing James Short return to the starting XV.


Chris Wyles is named at outside centre with Adam Powell continuing his return from injury on the bench.


David Strettle, fresh from international duty with England, starts at wing while Scottish international back row Kelly Brown is on the bench.


Match : Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons
Date : Sunday 27 March 2011
Venue : Vicarage Road
Kick off :3pm
Referee: Martin Fox (65th Premiership game)


Team


Saracens : 15 Alex Goode , 14 David Strettle , 13 Chris Wyles , 12 Brad Barritt , 11 James Short , 10 Owen Farrell , 9 Neil de Kock , 1 Matt Stevens , 2 Schalk Brits , 3 Carlos Nieto , 4 Steve Borthwick (c) , 5 Hayden Smith , 6 Justin Melck , 7 Andy Saull , 8 Ernst Joubert


16 Jamie George , 17 Jared Saunders , 18 Petrus du Plessis , 19 Hugh Vyvyan , 20 Kelly Brown , 21 Richard Wigglesworth , 22 Adam Powell , 23 Noah Cato


Newcastle Falcons :15 Tom Catterick , 14 Alex Tait , 13 Luke Eves , 12 James Fitzpatrick , 11 Rikki Sheriffe , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 9 Chris Pilgrim, 8 Ally Hogg , 7 Will Welch , 6 Tim Swinson , 5 Andrew VD Heijden , 4 James Hudson, 3 James Hall , 2 Matt Thompson ,1 Jon Golding


Replacements :16 Rob Vickers , 17 Grant Shiells , 18 Kieran Brookes , 19 Mark Wilson , 20 Alex Gray , 21 Micky Young , 22 Tane Tu’ipulotu , 23 Joel Hodgson

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