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Saracens eager to avoid getting stung by Wasps

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 November 2018

Leicester Tigers' Sam Harrison tackles Saracens' Alex Goode (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

Leicester Tigers' Sam Harrison tackles Saracens' Alex Goode (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

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North Londoners beat Leicester Tigers 27-22 away from home last Saturday

Leicester Tigers' Gareth Owen is tackled by Saracens' Alex Lewington (pic Mike Egerton/PA)Leicester Tigers' Gareth Owen is tackled by Saracens' Alex Lewington (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

Alex Lewington has revealed the belief in the Saracens camp is sky-high ahead of hosting Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.

The north Londoners return home to Allianz Park this weekend for arguably their toughest league game of the season so far.

With Wasps currently third in the table, Sarries will welcome the team directly below them in table — though there is a 14-point chasm between the sides in the standings

Such has been the early season form of Mark McCall’s men and leaders Exeter Chiefs, who are both level on 38 points and unbeaten, Wasps are actually closer to bottom-club Newcastle Falcons (13-point gap) than the top two.

And if Lewington’s words are anything to go by, it seems Saracens are eager to pull further clear of Wasps this Saturday.

“When you look at our squad, I have a lot of belief in all the players,” the wing told the club website.

“We stick to a system that works for us and whenever we ask anyone to fill in, they do a great job.”

Saracens welcome Wasps having secured a narrow 27-22 success away to Leicester Tigers last Sunday.

The north Londoners looked comfortable at the break when tries from Ben Spencer, Lewington and Alex Lozowski, all of which were converted, helped them into a 21-3 lead.

Tigers roared back in the second half, however, to give Sarries an almighty scare, but McCall’s men did just enough to hang on to their advantage.

It was the second week in a row that the Allianz Park club had to show great resilience to win, having been pushed hard by Sale Sharks the previous Saturday.

And Lewington feels the recent results is a testament to the desire of the entire squad, with Sarries having been shorn of plenty of their stars during the Autumn Internationals.

“Sale at home was a really tough game and coming away to Leicester was even more of a challenge,” he added.

“The attitude of the boys was phenomenal and to grind a win out at Welford Road was amazing.”

In crossing at Leicester last weekend, Lewington now has nine tries in 11 matches for Saracens since joining in the summer from London Irish and he will hope to add to that tally this weekend.

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