Saracens have always invested heavily in their playing squad without much success in the Premiership, but the work carried out under coaches Brendan Venter and Mark McCall has seen the London club win three of the five Premiership finals they have been in during the last seven years. We take a look at the history of Saracens in the league.
Biggest win: 78 – 7 against London Welsh at Allianz Park on 20th December 2014. On that day 11 tries were scored thanks to Mako Vunipola (2, 31), Brett Sharman (13), George Kruis (18), Chris Ashton (35), Jackson Wray (50), Richard Barrington (58), Richard Wigglesworth (64, 72, 77) and Ben Ransom (66). Winger Elliott Kear got the visitors’ only score of the day.
Most tries: The 11 tries against London Welsh is still a club record, but Saracens also scored 10 tries on two other occasions: a 66 – 7 victory over Leeds on 30th March 2008 and a 68 – 10 victory over London Welsh on 16th May 2015.
Most penalty goals: Saracens have twice won games with nine penalties being scored. Back on 7 November 1999 Saracens beat Wasps at Vicarage Road with a 27 – 26 victory; fly-half Theirry Lacroix scored all nine penalties with Wasps scoring three tries, a conversion and three penalties. On 8th September 2001 Saracens defeated Gloucester 34 – 30 with Luke Smith getting all nine penalties.
Most consecutive games without defeat: Between January and May 2011 Saracens went 12 games without defeat, a club record. Between May 2015 and January 2016 the club did not lose a game in the Premiership for 11 matches in a row. They have had a further two 10 match streaks without defeat as well.
Most consecutive games without a win: The worst run of games Saracens have ever had is 8: between November 2005 and February 2006.
Most wins in a season: During the 2010/11 season Saracens won 20 of their 24 matches, scoring just 36 tries in the process. Their changing in style and priorities is evident by Saracens’ try total of 2013/14, which saw them amass 72 tries and last season they scored 68. Whilst Saracens are so often labelled as predictable or boring, they are certainly not lacking in the try-scoring stakes.
Most matches: Kris Chesney earnt himself 205 appearances for his club, starting 154 of those matches. In second place is centre Kevin Sorrell, who collected 195 Premiership caps for Saracens. Sorrell now coaches Saracens backs. In third place is current squad member Neil de Kock with 176 appearances.
Most tries: Love or hate him, you have to admit that Chris Ashton is a potent finisher and he stands at the top of the tree when it comes to Saracens tries. In his four years at the club has amassed 38 tries in just 66 games, highlighting just how important he is to his club. Former teammate David Strettle is in second place with 35 tries from 96 matches. In third is Richard Haughton with 34 from 117 appearances.
Most points in a season: South Africa’s Gavin Johnson is Saracens’ top points scorer with 318 in the 1998/99 season (8 tries, 52 conversions and 58 penalties). Current international referee Glen Jackson is in second place with 281 from the 2006/07 season. Thierry Lacroix is in third place with 280 from 1999/00.
Most points in a match: Wallaby winger Ryan Constanble scored six tries in one match against Bedford on 16th April 2000, giving him a total of 30 points. French fullback Thomas Castaignede scored 29 against Rotherham back on 24th September 2000 (2 tries, 5 conversions and 3 penalties). South Africa’s Luke Smith also scored 29 points against Gloucester on 8th September 2o01 thanks to a try and nine penalties.
Highest percentage of matches won: Makovina Wanangarua I Whanga Nui-Atara Vunipola, to you give his full name, has won an astounding 84.32% of his games for Saracens. In 67 matches he has helped his club to 56 wins and a draw. Teammate Owen Farrell has won 70 of his 85 matches for his club (83.52%).
Local derby statistic: In 9 games against Harlequins, Chris Ashton has scored 8 tries. He has also won 8 of those matches or 88.88% of the fixtures. Outstanding.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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