We’re just three weeks into the Aviva Premiership season and already pundits have got their eye on potential winners for this year’s league.
At second place in the table, all eyes are on Saracens F.C. after their flying start since the beginning of September. The boys had a close 34-28 home win to the London Wasps on 6th September, and went on to prove just what they were capable of when they annihilated the Harlequins at Twickenham 39-0.
Since then, they have also beaten the London Irish 36-32 in a close game at the Madejski Stadium, giving them a 100 per cent winning record so far this season.
Their current sterling performance puts them just one place behind first place Bath Rugby, who have an equally winning record and 127 points for while the Saracens have 109.
Despite their current second place position, rugby pundits at Coral have their eyes on the Saracens to take the Premiership this year, citing their performance against the Harlequins as the start of a new generation for the team.
The Harlequins have previously only won one Aviva Premiership in the past, back in 2011, which pales in comparison to fifth-place Leicester Tigers, who have 10 titles under their belt. Their biggest threat at the moment meanwhile, Bath, are in joint second place with six titles.
With such a recent title win however, the Saracens could be well on the way to repeating their 2011 glory once again. Indeed, the boys could have taken the title in 2013, but some experts allege that it was their attempts to secure both the League and European titles at the same time which ultimately led them to fail.
This time round, they have one goal and one goal only: the Aviva Premiership. With a tough European challenge up against them which does not include easy bonus points from Zebre or Connacht, they would be wise to put all their efforts in the Premiership.
The Saracens have one secret weapon however that can take them all the way through to the top. The team’s young coaches have been instrumental in giving the Saracens the edge this year, something which was more than evident in their recent victory over the Harlequins. Richard Wigglesworth, for example, was instructed to read every one of Quins’ Danny Care’s moves, proving that a little forward thinking can outsmart a fast runner.
They may be in second place for now, but with careful tactics and a thirst for the title, there’s no reason why the Saracens cannot go all the way this season.