Sarries out to turn the screw
April 1, 2011
Bath finished a distant second to Leicester last weekend © Getty Images
Saracens are out to maintain their charge towards a home semi-final this weekend, with Bath the visitors to Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Sarries are currently second in the table, three points behind the Tigers, while Bath need to rediscover the winning habit quickly if they are to influence proceedings at the end of the season.
Saracens - Player to Watch: Andy Saull is up against Bath skipper Luke Watson this weekend in the openside battle, can he put the former Springbok under pressure?
Saracens - Team News: Injuries have ruled out Neil De Kock and Justin Melck, meaning that Richard Wigglesworth starts at scrum-half and Kelly Brown slots in at blindside. Jacques Burger returns from injury on the bench.
Bath - Player to Watch: Butch James lost his way a little last week and the Springbok fly-half will need to rediscover his best form quickly if his side are to challenge Sarries.
Bath - Team News: Shontayne Hape returns at inside-centre in place of Sam Vesty, with Bath seraching for the right combination to cover for the injured Olly Barkley.
Key Battle: James against Owen Farrell. This one will be decided in part by the fly-halves' ability to use their dangerous strike runners, with neither side pushovers when it comes to defence.
Trivia: Last weekend's loss to Leicester was Bath's heaviest in competitive action.
Stats: Saracens winger Dave Strettle is level with Quins duo Mike Brown and Nick Evans at the top of the 'clean breaks' chart, with all three on 13.
The season is a shambles. Competitions collide with each other, we switch from one to the other, never finishing any one off. It is hugely frustrating." - Saracens chairman Nigel Wray goes on the offensive in the wake of the Super Rugby game at Twickenham that clashed with his side's last game.
"It was the classic case that you put all the pressure on the opposition and then they score a couple of breakaways and a couple of soft tries, and all the momentum goes with them." - Bath defence coach Brad Davis reflects on defeat to Leicester.
Fantasy: Matt Banahan was unable to dent Leicester's defence last weekend, do you expect him to bounce back in style? If so, is he in your ESPNscrum Fantasy Rugby Game team?
Prediction: Bath could see their play-off hopes derailed this weekend. Saracens by the odd few points in a tough clash.
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