Saracens fan Louise Warr previews Saturday's LV= Cup semi-final clash against Northampton Saints

Saracens' Marcelo Bosch (centre) in action against Northampton Saints in the LV= Cup pool stage earlier this season. Picture: Action Images

Saracens' Marcelo Bosch (centre) in action against Northampton Saints in the LV= Cup pool stage earlier this season. Picture: Action Images

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Since that magical day in May 2010, Saracens have made their way to a fair few semi-finals.

However, they have failed to make the final of another competition since.

This weekend sees a trip up the M1 to take on fierce rivals Northampton Saints in the latest of a handful of semi-final quests, the LV= Cup.

In recent times, Jim Mallinder’s men have got the better of the North Londoners, coming out on top on the last three occasions.

It will be an encounter that will no doubt be full of intensity, rivalry and a scuffle or two.

One player desperate to make his mark if chosen will be former Saints’ try-scoring machine, Chris Ashton.

Although, in his latter months at the gardens were less than rosy, the 26-year-old played his best rugby to date in the green, black and gold.

Back on his old stomping ground and with a point to prove following his omission from the England match day squads, it would be a perfect platform for Ashton to showcase just what he can do.

Despite, both teams boasting exciting and electric backlines, the battle of the powerhouses up front is the most intriguing.

In the recent clashes, Saracens have failed to get to grips with the American international steamroller, Samu Manoa.

There is just something about the former builder from San Francisco that allows him to stroll his way through the usually watertight and fierce defence.

For Saracens, they have their own go-to player some of his best form in a red and black shirt.

When he isn’t baking his pies ready to serve to the fans at Allianz Park, James Johnston is showing just why he was an invaluable asset to his former team Harlequins.

His move sparked a lot of ill-feeling and he has had to be content with a place on the bench for much of the season so far but when given an opportunity Johnston has shown just what a class act he is.

Not only has he come out on top in the tight, he has added his bulk in the loose and even crossed the Allianz Park whitewash on two occasions.

Regardless of what Saracens’ side takes to the field on Saturday afternoon they will want to put a few wrongs right against the Saints in a game, if history is anything to go by will be a battle of seismic proportions.

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