Rugby Union: Saracens want to make Northampton Saints look like sinners in Aviva Premiership
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 April 2018
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Sarries back in domestic action after European defeat at Leinster last weekend
Saracens head for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, looking to put a turbulent week, both on and off the pitch, behind them.
Last Sunday, the north Londoners saw their two-year reign as European champions come to an end after losing 30-19 at Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
And on Tuesday, The Times reported that the South African consortium that own 50 per cent of Sarries were looking to sell their stake in the club.
Led by businessman Johann Rupert, believed to be the third richest man in Africa, the consortium first invested in the Allianz Park outfit 10 years ago.
Since then, Saracens have won three Premiership titles and been crowned European champions in each of the past two seasons.
The investment also saw a large number of South African players move to north London, though their numbers have dwindled in recent seasons.
News of the co-owning consortium looking to sell their share has not exactly come at the best time for Mark McCall’s men as they look for a fourth Premiership title.
With four rounds of the regular season to go, Sarries sit second in the table, but are eight points adrift of leaders Exeter Chiefs. The Allianz Park outfit are instead looking over their shoulder, with only six points separating them from Gloucester in sixth.
It looks set to be an exciting end to the season for Saracens as they look to not only secure a play-off berth, but also a home semi-final.
Their run-in looks favourable, with games against Northampton (away), Bath (home) and London Irish (away), all of whom have little to play for, before ending the regular season at home to Gloucester on May 5.
Saracens will hope they can bounce back quickly following their European disappointment last weekend, with Blair Cowan the sole try scorer for the north Londoners in Dublin.
It was a first try for the Scotland international since joining on loan from Premiership rivals London Irish until the end of the season.
And Cowan will hope he did enough in his cameo from the bench in the European defeat at Leinster to prove he has more than enough talent to get more game time over the closing weeks of the campaign.