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Saracens causing a few stirs in Premiership
Top four finish predicted for Saracens
Posted Oct 16, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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There is one team in the Aviva Premiership who has surprised me a little by their early season form and that is third placed Saracens, the team who finished in the same spot last season.
The reason for this surprise is that the likes of Bath, London Irish, Northampton and Leicester Tigers have all either been there or there abouts every season or they have invested heavily in their playing staff. Saracens are the one team who I thought would slip back but still finish in the top six.
I’m not entirely sure why I thought that but I did and so far they are proving me wrong. Despite losing their opening fixture heavily at London Irish, they have gathered themselves and posted victories over Sale, Leeds Carnegie, Northampton and Leicester – the latter two being massive scalps.
So will they be able to keep this form going as the Premiership season develops?
Well, in all honesty, I don’t see why not. They have already beaten Northampton and Leicester and have points in them from all over the park.
So far Richard Wigglesworth, Derick Hougaard, Dave Strettle and Schalk Brits are all well into double figures with points and so far they have scored over 20 points in every game they have won.
But the one thing that stops me predicting a title challenge for Saracens is that the other look so strong, even if they stuttering at the minute.
I think Saracens will still be in the higher echelons come the end of the season but I believe a fourth place finish is the best they can hope for. I think they will struggle away at the top clubs and dropped points here will be the difference between a title challenge and drifting away later on this campaign.
They will take maximum points from their next two matches, away at Newcastle and home to Exeter but then comes Northampton, Bath, Gloucester and Harlequins and that sequence of fixtures could easily make or break their season.
A fourth place finish for Saracens for me.