Saracens v Leicester Tigers Premiership Preview

Saracens host Wasps at Allianz Park

Leicester Tigers have named their team to play Saracens at Allianz Park in the Aviva Premiership and made two changes to the line-up that started against Exeter Chiefs.

Niall Morris and Vereniki Goneva start on the wings in place of Adam Thompstone, who is among the replacements, and the injured Miles Benjamin.

Graham Kitchener is included among the replacements after recovering from a foot injury and he joins internationals Leonardo Ghiraldini, Michele Rizzo and Logovi’i Mulipola on the Tigers bench.

Tigers have won their last five Aviva Premiership matches to move into the top four in the table, two points and two places behind Saturday’s hosts Saracens.

Director of rugby Cockerill said,”This is a really big game for both teams with just four rounds of fixtures left in the season.

“It is a tough place to go and Saracens are a consistently good team who come into this weekend on the back of a European Cup quarter-final win.

“But we’ve come into some form and we want to maintain that through to the end of the season and see where that takes us.”

Tigers will wear the club’s alternate orange kit at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Saracens have won their last six fixtures in all tournaments since a 10-14 reversal at Sale in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 21st February.

Saracens have been defeated only once at Allianz Park in the tournament in the past 12 months: 24-31 to Northampton in round 8.

Leicester Tigers have won their last five Aviva Premiership Rugby matches since going down 12-32 to Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop in round 13.

The Tigers are the second best away side in the Premiership with a won five, lost four record on their travels despite scoring only 15 tries and conceding 24 in those encounters.

The two clubs played out a 21-all draw at Welford Road in November, whilst Saracens have not beaten Leicester since a 49-10 scoreline in Aviva Premiership Rugby in December 2013, on the Tigers’ only previous visit to Allianz Park.

England centre Brad Barritt returns to the Saracens side and partners Champions Cup hero Marcelo Bosch in the midfield with Chris Wyles moving to the left wing.

Alex Goode continues at full-back, with Chris Ashton named on the right wing.

In the halves, Charlie Hodgson continues at flyhalf with England scrumhalf Richard Wigglesworth named at No9.

In the pack, Mark McCall names the same front row that faced Racing Metro last weekend, with Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Petrus Du Plessis all named to start.

Skipper Alistair Hargreaves returns to the side at second row, and will partner George Kruis at lock.

Kelly Brown comes into the side for the suspended Jacques Burger at openside flanker and will join Jackson Wray (blindside) and Billy Vunipola (No8) in the back-row.

Match : Saracens v Leicester Tigers
Date : Saturday 11th April
Venue : Allianz Park,
Kick Off : 3.15pm
Live on: BT Sport
Match Officials
Referee :
Matthew Carley (28th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank and Robin Goodliffe
TMO: David Grashoff.

Teams

Saracens

15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Alistair Hargreaves (c), 4 George Kruis, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 James Johnston, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Ernst Joubert, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 David Strettle.

Leicester

15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs (c), 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Sebastian De Chaves, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.

Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Adam Thompstone.

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