Saracens prepare for derby day trip to Harlequins with Wray expecting difficult test

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 December 2017

Jackson Wray (right) and Saracens colleague Chris Wyles (left) tackle Sam Hill of Exeter Chiefs (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

Jackson Wray (right) and Saracens colleague Chris Wyles (left) tackle Sam Hill of Exeter Chiefs (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Cross-city rivals to meet at Stoop on Sunday

A London derby awaits Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday when they make the trip to capital rivals Harlequins.

Mark McCall’s men will be keen to return to winning ways after a narrow 20-18 league defeat at home to Exeter Chiefs last weekend made it four successive losses in all competitions.

Despite their poor form, Sarries remain second in the league table, though could drop as low as fifth should results go against them this weekend.

The north Londoners will hope to get back on track away to their cross-city rivals this weekend, but forward Jackson Wray knows it will be tough against Quins.

“It’s tough at the Stoop and they’re always fired up when they play us, so we’re going to have to be on our game,” the 27-year-old told the club website.

“It’s a big opportunity to put some things right against them as we haven’t always played well at the Stoop.

“It’s a big challenge for us, but the boys will get stuck into that game, have a look at it and build on it in the week.”

Saracens head to Harlequins off the back of a frustrating defeat at home to Exeter in a game where the north Londoners let a comfortable position slip.

Leading 15-6 at the break, Sarries only added a penalty after the interval as Chiefs stormed back to hand McCall’s men a result which irked Wray.

“It’s massively disappointing. We did so many good things without the ball, we had to defend a lot and for the most part we were very good,” he added.

“Lapses in concentration let Exeter get into the areas where they’re good and we didn’t quite execute what we needed to do in our own 22.

“When you play a team like Exeter who are very good in that area, you have to be so much better than we were when they scored that try.

“We worked so hard to keep them out, which is why I’m very disappointed to lose. It was there for us.

“There are a lot of good things to take from it, which I’m sure we will, but the lesson for us is when teams get in that area, we have to be sharper than we were.”

Sarries have been without many of their internationals over the past few weeks, though they could return for the trip to Quins.

Being able to call on the likes of World Rugby Player of the Year nominees Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje would certainly be a boost.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Yesterday, 12:59

Emile Smith-Rowe has been speaking exclusively to the Islington Gazette newspaper after he made his Arsenal debut at the Emirates against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on Thursday. Read on for what he told Layth Yousif.

Fri, 18:11

Middlesex captain Dawid Malan was pleased to see his side complete their 117-run win over Derbyshire at Lord’s on Friday.

Fri, 16:26

Tim Murtagh finished with 4-55 as Middlesex ran through the Derbyshire batting to secure a 117-run victory in their final home County Championship match of the season at Lord’s.

Fri, 15:49

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to draw fans back to the Emirates for Europa League matches after a low turnout for the Gunners’ 4-2 victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Fri, 15:03

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed midfielder Lucas Torreira after the Gunners’ 4-2 Europa League victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Fri, 15:00

Members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have helped raise £75,000 for Prostate Cancer UK over the last three years

Fri, 15:00

England lock impressed for Sarries in victory at Northampton Saints last weekend


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now