Sarries to sink Munster

  • By: Reece Killworth
  • Last Updated: December 16 2012, 15:05 GMT

Reece Killworth believes Saracens can edge out Munster in their Heineken Cup clash on Sunday.

Mark McCall: His Saracens side can beat Munster

The layers should have had an easier time of it this week as we go into the second round of the traditional mid-pool European rugby double-header.

We managed to get another one up on them last week with Toulon overcoming the handicap at Sale but given they now have a more recent point of reference it's somewhat harder to pluck something off this coupon.

Saracens look the team to help us maintain our winning momentum, though.

Mark McCall's men came off second best against Munster last weekend in a cagey, physical battle and there's every chance we'll have a similar sort of game back in Watford.

All 24 of the points scored at Thomond Park came from the boot, with Ronan O'Gara kicking five of five while Owen Farrell could only land four of seven.

That shows the game could easily have swung the other way - and that's exactly how I see things unfolding this weekend.

Sarries lost all three of their home pool fixtures just two seasons ago but have since found their feet in this competition - winning all three last year and the one they've played already in the current campaign.

Their strength in front of their own fans (wherever they have to travel!) is underlined by the fact they're unbeaten in a home match all season.

And in games like this, their no-nonsense, limited-risk approach is perfect.

Munster are no pushovers, of course, but they have lost once on the road in the Heineken Cup already this season - by five points at Racing Metro.

And the absence of Keith Earls is a blow as he was behind plenty of their good work back at Thomond Park last weekend.

They've lost by more than 12 points only once in the Heineken Cup since exiting in the semi-finals in 2009, though, which proves that when they do lose, they rarely suffer a hiding.

All things considered, Saracens winning by 1-10 points at 15/8 is the call.

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