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Saturday 7 December 2019

The key battle

Schalk Brits v

Richardt Strauss

Many will focus on the potential for Leinster's back-line to explode, but nothing can happen without the front eight doing their job and this front-row battle is full of intrigue.

Brits' all-action play marks him out as one of the game's most agile hookers and one of the fastest in Europe. "He's like a back-three player," declared Leo Cullen this week.

Strauss (pictured), a special projects player, is also a South African, but one who wants to be Irish. With a bald pate like Keith Wood, his enigmatic style is pretty similar to the Clare man and his scintillating form in the past fortnight sets this up as a mouth-watering clash.

Match betting: Saracens 10/11 (-3pts)

Form guide: Leinster WLLWW

Saracens WWWWL

Stat: Leinster have played 12 pool matches in England, winning seven, losing four and drawing one. However, their record since '06/'07 is played four, lost three, drew one.

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