x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Davies warns of backlash

Saracens will still be dangerous opponents despite the off-the-field turmoil at the club that saw director of rugby Eddie Jones quit the club on Friday.

Saracens will still be dangerous opponents despite the off-the-field turmoil at the club that saw director of rugby Eddie Jones quit the club on Friday. That is the view of Bath's defensive coach Brad Davies, whose team take on Saracens today at Vicarage Road, in a game that is vital for both sides hopes of making the play-offs. Jones, who was due to leave the club at the end of the season to join Japanese side Suntory, had named the team for the Bath clash before it was announced he had departed the club.

The Australian had been known to be at odds with the club's South African owners after 15 players were told they would be released at the end of the current campaign. But Davies is not expecting Bath to have an easy time of it despite Saracens' difficulties. He said: "I know that they have had a bit of turmoil off the field, but that will inevitably make them more dangerous. "In many ways, they may feel they have nothing to lose and they can play with freedom and abandon. When you couple that with the players that they have got on their books, they can do some serious damage if we are not focused."

Other action today in the Premiership sees third-placed Harlequins travel to Newcastle, while London Irish entertain Worcester. Leicester went top of the table on Friday as they clinched their fourth successive win with a 23-17 victory at Bristol. The home side had led 14-7 at the interval thanks to tries from Luke Arscott and David Lemi. But Leicester, who had scored a first-half try through Dan Cole, raised their game in the second half. Ben Youngs scored their second try, and Tom Vesty kicked 11 points.

* With agencies