Rugby Union: Jackson Wray hopes to celebrate landmark Saracens appearance by beating Wasps in Aviva Premiership semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 May 2018
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Back row forward set to make 200th appearances for Sarries on Saturday
Saracens return to action on Saturday when they host Wasps in the Aviva Premiership play-off semi-finals.
The north Londoners will hope to avoid being stung as they look to reach a fourth Aviva Premiership final in the last five years.
With Mark McCall’s men set to play at Allianz Park for the final time this season on Saturday, it looks set to be a special day for all involved.
The day will also be of great importance to back row forward Jackson Wray, who is set to play his 200th game for Sarries.
The 27-year-old, who was named the club’s fan’s player and players’ player of the season, made his debut for the Allianz Park outfit back in 2008.
A decade on, Wray has played a key part in Saracens’ success in recent seasons and would love to add to that with another Aviva Premiership title this term.
For that to happen, the loose forward knows his team will have to mark his milestone appearance with a win over Wasps.
But Wray admits he is surprised to have brought up the landmark of 200 club appearances so quickly in his career.
“It doesn’t feel that long ago it was my 100th. Earlier on in the season I didn’t think it was going to happen this year, but I’m really pleased,” he told the club website.
“There’s a great crop of players who have done it in recent years. I’ll be very proud going out there having played 200 games for this club and going out with my two little ones.
“It will be a bit of an emotional one. When the boys go out with their kids and stuff, it’s a nice thing. To do it in front of the home crowd is great and to be honest, I feel lucky in that sense to swing a home game!
“It’s going to be special. I’m looking forward to putting on a performance as well. It’s a massive game for the club and the boys.”
Saracens head into the semi-final with a strong record against Wasps so far this season, having won both of the previous meetings.
The north Londoners won 38-17 at Allianz Park in October, with Jamie George scoring a hat-trick of tries, and cruised to a 38-15 triumph at the Ricoh Arena in January.
Scoring 38 points against Wasps for the third time in the league this season on Saturday would go a long way to help McCall’s men reach the Aviva Premiership final on May 26 at Twickenham Stadium.