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Sunday 9th October 14:00 GMT


There is a mighty clash in store in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday at the Allianz Park, when the reigning Premiership Champions and currently second in the table Saracens, play host to a rampant wasps side that leads the rest of the tournament at the end of Round 5. Saracens have suffered just a single defeat in any competition since last March. That came in Round 4 of this season's Premiership, when they were defeated at the Stoop by Harlequins 10-17. It is even further back that Sarries last tasted defeat on their own ground. To find that reverse, it is necessary to go back to Round 15 of last season's Premiership, when the Northampton Saints were the visitors.

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Wasps lead the way in the table, with five straight wins to begin the season. The only club with a 100% winning record at this stage of the campaign. Prior to the current standings, London Wasps had only ever led the table at the end of a completed round of fixtures on four occasions, and not since 2009/10. Although Saracens have lost just one of their last ten meetings with Wasps, that loss was as recent as last February, and was a crushing 23-64 at Allianz Park. The most points that Saracens have ever conceded in a Premiership fixture.

Posted: 14th February 2016


Aviva Premiership leaders, Saracens, have had to dig deep in both of their most recent outings. Overturning halftime deficits at home to Bath and then last weekend away to second place Exeter Chiefs. The 14-11 success in Devon against the Chiefs, allowed the reigning Champions to cling on to their top spot, and means that they have still suffered just one loss in all tournaments this season. When they travelled to the Stoop on January 9thand were beaten by Harlequins. On Sunday, fifth placed Wasps are the visitors to Allianz Park. The Coventry based club have won three successive Aviva Premiership matches, and will be hoping to make it four on the bounce for the first time since season 2012/13.

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However, Wasps do not have a good record against the Saracens in recent seasons. The last nine encounters between the two clubs have all gone the way of the Sarries. London Wasps last success, coming by 20-15 at the beginning of the 2011/12 season, when the match was played at Twickenham, as part of the London Double Header. The sides have only faced each other once before at Sunday's venue, when in October 2013, Saracens triumphed by 19-12.

Posted: 6th September 2014


London Wasps may have been handed the toughest task of all the sides in the Aviva Premiership competition on the opening day as they are scheduled to tackle last seasons runner up, Saracens, in the first half of Saturday's London Double Header at Twickenham. The double disappointment of defeat in the Premiership and Heineken Cup finals has made the Series even more determined to succeed this season, where they failed so narrowly in the last campaign. Twickenham is generally a happy hunting ground for Saracens, having won their three previous Premiership games there, before the last minute defeat to Northampton Saints in the Grand Final, and they have won five of their nine London Double Header fixtures at the venue. While Saracens can point to a run of six successive victories against London Wasps in all tournaments, the record between the clubs at Twickenham is all square, with three wins apiece from the six fixtures.

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For Wasps they will hope that the momentum of last season's play-off success against Stade Francais for a place in the inaugural Champions Cup, after their seventh place finish in the Premiership, will give them the boost to make a more sustained challenge for the top four.

Posted: 5th October 2013

Saracens Head Coach, Mark McCall, rings the changes, as his undefeated table toppers, take on London wasps at the Allianz Park on Saturday.

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England fly-half, Owen Farrell drops to the bench, which allows Alex Goode to switch to the number 10 shirt, from full back. McCall also gives first starts of the Premiership season to Will Fraser and James Johnston in the pack. Wasps have Ed Jackson back after illness in their back row, which means that Ashley Johnson moves from blindside to openside wing forward. Injuries to Tom Palmer and Joe Simpson have meant that both are unavailable. Wasps picked up their first victory of the season last week, when they defeated bottom of the table Worcester Warriors, after three successive defeats, but their director of rugby Dai Young realises that Saracens present a far greater challenge than the Warriors. He described Saracens as the most physical side in the league, and said that his team must be mentally and physically ready to face up that challenge, if they want to come away with any points. His opposite number, McCall, is wary of his team becoming complacent, with their 100% record so far, and home advantage against a lowly team, and has used the old adage that it isn't how you start the competition, but how you finish it, that really counts.

Posted: 3rd Sep 2011

In the first week of the Aviva Premiership, the twelve teams that make up this competition will play in six matches to start determing a new title holder. The Leicester Tigers hold the most titles out of any teams in the competition, but last year it was the Saracens who took and now hold the Aviva Premiership title. They have won only that one title however. Their opponents this week are the London Wasps, with the match happening in Twickenham, on Saturday, September 3rd, joining four other Premiership matches, with only one held on Sunday.

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Posted: 9th October 2016

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