The Anglo Welsh cup semi-finals kick off with Saracens vs Leicester Tigers (11/03/17 KO 18:00).
These two teams will meet for the fourth time this season with Tigers seeking their first ever win at Allianz Park. Saracens have named an entirely different team to the one which beat Newcastle by 27 points to 35 last weekend. The Saracens bench packs plenty of firepower with players such as Burger, De Kock, Lozowski whilst still playing in the spirit of the Tournament, picking a young team with Samoa lock Fa’atiga Lemalu making his first start after signing on a short-term deal last month, while Tom Lindsay could make his debut from the bench.
The Leicester Tigers have made twelve changes to their starting xv with J P Pieterson, Kitto and Luke Hamilton the only players to retain their place. It is a Tigers team packed with experience with Burns, Tait, Balmain, Kitchener, Thacker, McCaffrey coming into the team. There is also a starting place for full-back George Worth who stood in earlier in the season when Tait and Veainu were out with a Broken Jaw and Concussion respectively. Tigers have packed a young bench with Ben White named at 21 coming in for the injured Sam Harrison and Harry Thacker’s brother Charlie coming in at 23.
Saracens come into the match on the back of a poor start to times without their internationals whilst Tigers return to action after a 34-15 drubbing by the Exeter Chiefs after a noticeable improvement in their performance.
Saracens: Gallagher; Ellery, Streather (capt.), Tompkins, Earle; Whiteley, Taylor; Barrington, Saunders, Koch, Lemalu, Flanagan, Brown, Conlon, Vunisa.
Replacements: Lindsay, Stringer, Lamositele, Isiekwe, Burger, De Kock, Lozowski, Perkins.
Leicester: Worth; Brady, Tait (capt.), Roberts, Pietersen; Burns, Kitto; Genge, McGuigan, Balmain, Wells, Kitchener, Hamilton, Thacker, McCaffrey.
Replacements: Croft, Rizzo, Bateman, Maksymiw, Owen, White, Williams, Thacker.
Referee: Luke Pearce
Prediction: Tigers win