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Saracens fan Louise Warr looks back on the first three games of the season and ahead to Saturday's Harlequins clash
So three games of the new season have now been completed and Saracens remain the only unbeaten side in the Premiership.
The Men in Black have had an impressive start by anyone’s standards, racking up three bonus point wins.
Thirteen tries have already been scored, not bad for a team known for being somewhat boring, however, Mark McCall believes it is very much still work in progress.
Sarries’ previous 2 games, against Gloucester and Bath respectively have been somewhat ‘a tale of two halves’ performances.
Against a 14-man Gloucester, the North London men stuttered through the first 40, failing to really capitalise on the extra man before pulling away from the opposition in the second half.
Fast forward a week to the clash against Bath and a storming first half performance saw Sarries secure the try bonus point before half time thanks to a brace from David Strettle, Alex Goode on his return from injury and a rather athletic finish from prop Matt Stevens.
Unfortunately for Saracens however the points rush didn’t continue in to the final 40 with not a single point being posted on to the scoreboard while conceding two tries themselves, a somewhat unusual occurrence.
A massive challenge now lies ahead of the Men in Black, 2011/2012 champions Harlequins on their soil.
Harlequins have had a solid start to the season notching up wins on the opening day against Wasps and away at Worcester, falling to defeat just once, at home against potential top four rivals Northampton Saints.
Saracens will have to put in a full 80 minutes performance in order to succeed in this tough challenge.
With the boot of Nick Evans as well as a host of England stars merged with some of the country’s finest up and coming talent, Quins will punish mistakes or lapses in concentration and are certainly a team that you do not want to get too far behind to.
For the past few seasons this fixture would have been seen as a clashing of styles, Quins attacking prowess versus Saracens pragmatic and calculated but ruthless strangling of teams.
However, I feel that this season such a vast contrast may not exist.
Saracens have shown a somewhat bright free flowing start to the season with willingness to through the ball around and play some rugby.
Former Harlequins man David Strettle is in fine try scoring form, notching up four tries already this season.
He is being supported nicely by fellow winger Chris Ashton, who seems to be returning back to some of his better form, cutting the angles he is better known for as well as having tightened up his defense over the summer, something that had started to become somewhat of a problem area.
This isn’t to say though that the battle upfront won't be vital to the outcome of the game.
Harlequins were outmuscled by the Northampton pack a fortnight ago and will want to put a few wrongs right.
James Johnston will come up against his former club and will want to put the criticism surrounding his move to bed with a powerful performance.
Then add the loosehead match-up into the mix, Mako Vunipola against Joe Marler, who alongside Saints’ Alex Corbisiero will be fighting it out for the England number one shirt.
All in all it is a mouthwatering clash however Saracens will have to put in a full 80 minutes performance to give themselves a chance of sleighing their fellow London club and continuing their winning start to the season.
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