Rugby Premiership Final 2014: Saracens vs. Northampton Live Stream and Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 31, 2014

UNSPECIFIED, UNDATED :  In this composite photo illustration, Steve Borthwick of Saracens (left) and Tom Wood of Northampton Saints (right) pose with the Aviva Premiership Trophy. Saracens will play Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham on Saturday 31st May 2014  (Original Photos by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images for Aviva)
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Saracens and Northampton Saints head to Twickenham this Saturday as fully deserving Aviva Premiership finalists, each having displayed an admirable amount of consistency and talent over the past nine months.

Mark McCall's men will be out for vengeance this weekend after losing to Toulon in the final of the Heineken Cup, but Saints can make it two trophies in just over a week after claiming the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Find all of the Premiership final's vital viewing information below, along with some more in-depth detail of which players you can expect to have a bigger impact on matters.


Date: Saturday, May 31

Time: 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET

Live Stream: BT Sport Player (UK, subscription required), Fox Soccer2GO (US, subscription required)

TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), Fox Sports (US)


Saracens Key Player: Billy Vunipola

CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 24:  Billy Vunipola of Saracens looks dejected after their defeat during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Steffon Armitage may have shown him up slightly at the Millennium Stadium last weekend, but Billy Vunipola can cap off a remarkable season in the right fashion this weekend.

Despite that, Planet Rugby's Ben Coles highlights just how impressive Vunipola was in the fixture:

Before heading out to New Zealand to join up with the rest of the England squad, there sits just one more opportunity for the No. 8—who it's easy to forget is still in his first campaign with Saracens—to contribute a display of Man of the Match proportions.

Sam Dickinson promises to give Vunipola a decent examination and will be waiting around the fringes to try and prevent the bulldozer from making his usual progress upfield, but Vunipola will be fired up for the occasion and striving to right the wrongs of last week.


Northampton Saints Key Player: Stephen Myler

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Stephen Myler of Northampton Saints poses during the Northampton Saints Media Day on May 28, 2014 in Northampton, England. Saracens will play Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham on Saturday 31st
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In Owen Farrell, Stephen Myler has opposite him one of the most daunting individual matchups he could have hoped to face in this season's final.

And as important as it will be for Saracens to see their No. 10 sparkle as we all know he can, it's up to Myler to follow up last Friday's 20-point haul with another hands-on performance.

Should tries be hard to come by, the Saints playmaker will be looked upon to notch Jim Mallinder's points from the tee, but Myler will need to go above and beyond in his approach. He will also be expected to offer more of a running game on such a pressurised stage, which we saw hints of against Bath.


Key Battle

Brad Barritt vs. Luther Burrell

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 20:  Luther Burrell runs with the ball during the Northampton Saints training session held at Franklin's Gardens on May 20, 2014 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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In the build-up to the Heineken Cup final, Toulon's Matt Giteau was being tipped as a potential game decider who Brad Barrit needed to keep quiet. In the end, Giteau was and Barritt didn't.

Luther Burrell is far from the versatile playmaker that Giteau is, but Barritt will still be expected to employ the same pacifying tactics against his rival for England's No. 12 jersey.

A head-to-head between two centres of similar style, these two will be judged broadly on how they're able to use Marcelo Bosch and George Pisi, respectively.