Exeter v Saracens
Everyone is talking up Saracens at the moment, not least all of us here at The Rugby Blog – we even had two pictures of George Kruis on the homepage at the same time. But the question this weekend is how will they fare after their Champions Cup exertions just a week ago?
The Chiefs will be fresh from a week off, whilst Saracens would have been physically drained by their tournament-winning effort in Edinburgh, and then presumably by some modest celebrations afterwards.
Exeter’s winning streak after a slow start to the season is nothing short of remarkable, stretching back to their last league defeat back in October. They only won two of their first seven games, but haven’t lost a match in the Premiership since then. If it were Leicester Tigers, everyone would be talking of how well they have timed their run into the end of the season.
Saracens may have a winning mentality, but so does Exeter, and given home advantage plus the more focused preparation, I’m picking Exeter to make the final. Exeter by 2.
Wasps v Leicester
This match feels slightly more clear cut to me, although people will say you can never write off the Tigers.
Wasps have won the last three meetings between the two sides, and are on a different trajectory as a team – they know how to beat Leicester, they have the confidence and superior personnel to do so, and I’m going to write off the Tigers.
I think Wasps will reach the final. Wasps by 8.