Yesterday we looked forward to Saturday's semi-final, today we are looking at Sunday's clash between Saracens and Gloucester.
The clashes between the two teams were contrasts. Their first meeting came in round 9 of the league at Kingsholm. Gloucester won the contest 19-13 but the try count was the same at 1 all; Short scoring for Saracens and Sharples for Glos.
There was much more to entertain the neutral observer, and potentially the clever betting punter, when they met again close to the end of the season (round 21). In that game Saracens dominated the visitors scoring four tries in the 35-12 victory. Gloucester scored twice via backs James Simpson-Daniels and Henry Trinder. The majority of Saracens tries came from the forward Brits, Joubert, Stevens with David Strettle the sole back to cross the line.
Indications from these contests are all of the teams are capable of scoring tries against each other. Leicester, Northampton and Saracens scored with both forwards and backs. An unusually high number of tries were scored by front row players (6 out of 17 in total) with three-quarters responsible for nearly half (8 tries). It all makes for an interesting penultimate weekend in the Aviva Premiership for spectators and punters alike, buy your tickets and place your bets.