RECAP: Wasps v Saracens
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Premiership Round 11 encounter between Wasps and Saracens at the Ricoh Arena.
Wasps have recorded only two victories in Premiership since Round Three: both away from home, at Bristol in Round Seven and at Worcester in Round 9. Wasps’ solitary victory at the Ricoh Arena in Premiership Rugby this season was against Bath on 2 November.
Saracens’ last five fixtures in Premiership have all been won by the home side on the day. Saracens’ only victory away from home in any tournament since November was 22-15 at Ospreys in Round 5 of the European Champions Cup.
Saracens have won their last six encounters with Wasps in all competitions since the West Midlanders 35-15 victory in Premiership at the Ricoh Arena in May 2017. Saracens have faced Wasps on five previous occasions at the Ricoh Arena and lost just once.
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Wasps: 15 Marcus Watson, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Jack Willis, 5 Thibaud Flament, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ben Harris
Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Tom West, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Tim Cardall, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Will Porter, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Michael Le Bourgeois
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Rotimi Segun, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt (captain), 11 Alex Lewington, 10 Manu Vunipola, 9 Tom Whiteley, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Sean Reffell, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Callum Hunter-Hill, 4 Joel Kpoku, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Josh Ibuanokpe, 19 Andy Christie, 20 Kapeli Pifeleti, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Dom Morris, 23 Ali Crossdale
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant Referees: Mike Hudson & Shane Lewis.
TMO: Nigel Carrick.