Sale Sharks will be hoping to keep momentum after sealing a place in the Rugby Cup final and after beating leaders Exeter in the league.

Saracens however will be looking to exact instant revenge after a 28 – 7 loss to the Sharks in the Cup, and maintain their good league form, despite their guaranteed relegation.

Saracens have won six home games in a row in the premiership this season, since their first round loss to Northampton at the start of the season.

Sale Sharks are currently third in the premiership on 26 points, four points off leaders Exeter. However, they have lost all of their previous six visits to the Allianz Park in premiership rugby.

Even so, the Sharks will feel confident in beating Saracens, with the Sharks winning the past three meetings between the two sides.

Expect this to be a fiery encounter, with Saracens pride on the line after a disappointing cup performance, and the Sharks hoping to put pressure on the top two with a win.

ONES TO WATCH

Will Cliff – After his nomination for Player of the Month in January, the scrum half will be hoping to control play and help shut out Saracens’ Ben Earl, who has scored the most tries in the league this season with 6.

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Rob Webber – having just announced his retirement from professional rugby league, hooker Webber will be hoping to leave in style. With a career spanning 16 years, and with 16 England caps, he will be hoping his experience can help bring silverware to the AJ Bell in his final season.

In a statement released by Sale, Webber said: “It has been an incredible journey over the last 16 years.

“The memories I have made will stay with me always, but I now feel it is time to pursue other opportunities within the game.

“The opportunity to play for my country, tour the world and to be involved in a World Cup are career highlights and achievements I will cherish forever.”

 

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