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Heineken Cup finalist Saracens who have dominated the Aviva Premiership during the regular season play host to Harlequins at the Allianz Park on Saturday in the semi final.
This will be Saracens fifth successive Premiership semi-final, and their second at Allianz Park. However, they haven't won a Premiership semi-final since 2011, when they defeated Gloucester, at their then home, Vicarage Road Watford.
Saturday's opponents Harlequins, have themselves reached three successive semi-finals, but have only emerged successful on one occasion, in 2012 they beat Northampton Saints in a last four clash.
Saracens only defeat at the Allianz this season, came in round 13, when they suffered a surprise loss to London Irish.
However, Harlequins have plenty of momentum coming into Saturday's contest. They have suffered just one defeat in their last seven games in all tournaments. A loss in the semi-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup at Franklin's Gardens against Northampton Saints at the end of April.
Surprisingly, the two clubs have only met twice previously in knock out rugby. On both occasions the games were played at the Stoop, and on both occasions, Harlequins finished as the winners. Firstly in the fourth round of the Pilkington Cup in 1994, and then again three years later in the quarter final of the same competition.
Posted: 22nd March 2014
The match of the weekend in the Aviva Premiership takes place at Wembley Stadium, as second place Saracens once more demonstrate their business acumen by taking their rugby road show to the country's leading football stadium, where they are expecting at least 60,000 people through the turnstiles.
The visitors on Saturday are fifth placed Harlequins, who will present a tough proposition on the field, which should ensure that the bumper crowd has an afternoon of great entertainment.
Saracens are currently second in the table, and have won three successive Premiership games, since they were beaten at the Allianz Park, their normal home ground, 13-22 by London Irish in round 13.
Wembley though, has not proved the happiest of hunting grounds on previous ventures under its iconic arch, for the Saracens. They have lost their three matches there, since defeating the Ospreys from Wales in a Heineken Cup match 31-26 in December 2011.
The two clubs have played each other twice before at the stadium, and the record so far is a win each, with Harlequins success in 2012, being their only win against Saracens from the last nine matches in which they have faced Saturday's opponents.
All of Harlequins last seven Aviva matches have been won by the side playing at home, with their last victory on the road, being at Newcastle Falcons on 1 December.
Posted: 24th March 2013
Sunday, the 24th of March, the Aviva Premiership continues when the Saracens take on the Harlequins in London at 14:00 local time and GMT. The Saracens are the number ranked team in the Aviva Premiership right now. They have 59 points earned so far, after winning thirteen of seventeen games, and drawing for one more. They have 5 bonus points total. The second ranked team on the table happens to be their competitors this week, the Saracens. They have 55 points after winning 12 games with no draws.
The third ranked team on the table is the Leicester Tigers and they have played 17 games as well, but have 11 wins and one draw, and have earned a total of 54 points. The Northampton Saints come in fourth and the Gloucester Rugby team takes fifth.
Posted: 31st March 2012
This week in the Aviva Premiership, the Saracens and the Harlequins play at Wembley at 15:00 local time, and an hour earlier GMT. This match happens on Saturday, March 31st, and right now the Saracens come in at the second spot in the Aviva Premiership table. They have won 13 games out of just 18 played, and have one draw. That leaves four losses and earns them 59 points so far this season. As for the Harlequins, they are sitting on fourteen wins and one draw. They have just three losses and that gives them first place and 62 points.
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