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Saracens v Wasps (Sun)



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Venue: Vicarage Road Date: Sunday, 20 April Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: Listen live on the BBC Sport website
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Saracens make four changes to their pack for what they expect to be a physical derby match.

Nick Lloyd, Fabio Ongaro and Cencus Johnston form a new front row while Paul Gustard returns to the back row.

Wasps also rotate their squad for their third match in nine days, with Tom French and Pat Barnard joining the pack in place of Tim Payne and Phil Vickery.

Tom Palmer, Joe Worsley and Lawrence Dallaglio return and Dominic Waldouck swaps with centre Fraser Waters.

Saracens: Haughton; Leonelli, Sorrell, Powell, Ratuvou; Jackson, Neil de Kock (capt), Lloyd, Ongaro, Johnston, Vyvyan, Tom Ryder, Gustard, Barrell, Skirving.
Replacements: Cairns, Visagie, Fullarton, Seymour, Rauluni, Ross, Penney.

Wasps: Lewsey; Sackey, Waldouck, Flutey, Voyce; Cipriani, Reddan; French, Ibanez, Barnard, Shaw, Palmer, Worsley, Rees, Lawrence Dallaglio (capt).
Replacements: Ward, Payne/Holford, Skivington, Leo, Mark McMillan, Van Gisbergen, Haskell.

From BBC Sport


Wasps assault on the top 4 continues :)

Sounded like Saracens had a real go in the second half but Wasps put enough in the bank in the first 40 to see them through.


Sarries really do need to stop having these nightmare starts! On the bright side at least we can score tries now without having to annihilate the opposition's scrum. Going to need a huge step up for Sunday when Munster come to THUNDERDOME but sadly I don't see it happening. Ah well, it'll be a nice day out none the less.


Best of luck against Munster mate. You can do it. I'll be rooting for ya :cheers:

Sir Speedy

Munster > Wasps > Saracens.

If it worked that way. :p Of course, Saracens are totally aiming for the Heineken Cup now making this result irrelevant! :D


Saracens 29-40 Wasps
Saracens (12) 29
Tries: Leonelli 3, Haughton De Kock Cons: Jackson 2

Wasps (35) 40
Tries: Ibanez, Voyce, Waldouck 2, Sackey, Reddan Cons: Cipriani 5

Wasps surged into the Premiership play-off places as a first-half try-blitz set them on their way to their eighth league win in a row.

Francisco Leonelli scored twice for the hosts but Raphael Ibanez, Tom Voyce, Dominic Waldouck (2) and Paul Sackey tries gave Wasps a 35-12 interval lead.

Eoin Reddan added a sixth try before Sarries replied through Leonelli, Richard Haughton and Neil de Kock.

Wasps' England fly-half Daniel Cipriani chipped in with five conversions.

Wasps are now up to third in the table after this victory in a pulsating encounter in front of over 13,000 people at Vicarage Road.

Cipriani, the brightest prospect in English rugby, was pivotal in three of Wasps' five first-half tries in another remarkable display of his wide range of talent.

Saracens actually took the lead in the first minute when Haughton's deft pass set up Argentine Leonelli for the first of his hat-trick, but Wasps hit back with three quick tries.

Ibanez and Voyce both pounced on loose balls before Cipriani dummied his way past Sorrell and sent Waldouck racing over.

The gifted number 10 converted all three scores and set up Sackey for the fourth try with an inch-perfect cross-kick.

Leonelli grabbed his second just after the half-hour mark but Wasps hit back when Cipriani snaked outside Haughton before again sending Waldouck over.

Cipriani converted both scores and Wasps continued on their merry way after the break when Reddan dummied Paul Gustard to race over from 40m.

Leonelli completed his treble after 54 minutes before Haughton and De Kock also crossed for the hosts and, had Glen Jackson not missed three out of five conversions plus an early penalty, Wasps would have faced a nervier finale.

Saracens boss Alan Gaffney:
"The first 40 minutes were close to the most embarrassing 40 minutes I've been involved in.

"We had a heart-to-heart at half-time. The players realised they had to go out and do something in the second half and they fought a lot harder."

Wasps boss Ian McGeechan:
"It was a great position to get into by half-time and it was always going to tell a bit in the second half.

"All the time we've looked at fourth place to see how close we were and what we had to do to make sure we were around fourth coming into this last month of the season.

"With three games to go I think it'll go down to last weekend - it's in our hands and the players know that."

Saracens: Haughton; Leonelli, Sorrell, Powell, Ratuvou; Jackson, De Kock; Lloyd, Ongaro, Johnson, Vyvyan, Ryder, Gustard, Barrell, Skirving.
Replacements: Cairns, Visagie, Fullarton, Seymour, Rauluni, Ross, Penney.

Wasps: Van Gisbergen; Sackey, Waldouck, Flutey, Voyce; Cipriani, Reddan; Ibanez, Barnard, Shaw, Palmer, Worsley, Rees, Dallaglio, Ward.
Replacements: Holford, Lewsey, Payne, French, Skivington, Leo, McMillan, Hoadley, Haskell.

Referee: Dave Pearson (Newcastle)

From BBC Sport