Saracens aim to complete historic European and domestic double in Premiership final
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Saracens are aiming to complete an historic European and domestic double as they gear up for Saturday’s Premiership final at Twickenham.
The Hendon-based side beat French outfit Racing 92 to lift the Champions Cup a fortnight ago, and they then beat Leicester 44-17 in Saturday’s top-flight semi-final.
Chris Wyles touched down twice in the first half, while Will Fraser and Chris Ashton also went over the line to give Sarries a commanding 31-0 lead at the interval.
And, although Leicester’s Telusa Veainu and Dom Barrow replied to narrow the deficit, Ashton’s second try removed any doubt about the result to set up a showdown with Exeter Chiefs this weekend.
Saracens are now bidding to become the first English team in 12 years to win both the European and Premiership titles – and the reigning domestic champions are also hoping to become the first side in six years to successfully defend the title.
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Director of rugby Mark McCall admits he had some concerns about Sarries’ recent schedule in the build-up to Saturday’s semi-final – but he is now confident that his players are ready to secure more silverware.
“[Last week was the one] I was worried about to be honest because obviously the players celebrated – as they should have done after winning the [European] final last week – for a couple of days,” he said.
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“Leicester had had some time to prepare for this game and we’d had a shorter preparation time so that was the one that I was worried about.
“We’re delighted to be in another final and I think we’ll have no problems getting the players up for things this week.
“We do have a very experienced group in these play-off matches now and the talk in the changing room at the end of the match… It wasn’t a jubilant changing room, it was a changing room that recognised that we need to be better at certain things.
“We were pretty nervous when it was 31-17 with half an hour to go. It might have been the worst moment of all our careers if [a comeback] had happened but thankfully we had enough class in the team to make sure that didn’t happen.”