Good afternoon and welcome to Allianz Park,
Today’s match is an extremely exciting one. As players we all relish the big occasions and with the Chiefs sitting at the top of the pile at the moment and Sarries bubbling a few points beneath, both teams have plenty to play for.
We were disappointed with last week’s result over at Gloucester and felt that we missed an opportunity to beat a team who have been in a thorn in our side in recent years. Fortunately, in rugby you always have a chance to make amends the next time you run out on the pitch. Big games are often decided by the smallest of margins, so we have to make sure we are relentlessly disciplined and alive for the full 80 minutes every time we play.
When all is said and done, it isn’t who we play against that matters, but the endeavour to make sure we are continuously holding ourselves accountable to our own high standards. As always, we will put pressure on ourselves today not to win at all costs, but to make sure that when we walk off the pitch today we have done everything in our power to make our friends, families and you, our loyal supporters, proud to be part of Saracens.
The Chiefs are a very dangerous side. They have shown in Premiership last season that they are the benchmark, and they have picked up some impressive wins on the road in their journey to the top of the pile. They have quality players and are well-coached. We know that we must be on our mettle today if we are going to come away with the win.
Today you will also see several players wearing Rainbow Laces in support of the LGBT charity Stonewall. No matter someone’s background, the game of rugby has always strived to be an inclusive game, but we know that they’re a still so many barriers to overcome in sport and in our society. We’re very proud to be supporting this cause this weekend, we play in a values-driven sport, where we want our all fans to feel welcome and comfortable in supporting their team and hopefully this great initiative from Stonewall, Premiership Rugby, RFU and the RPA can promote the important message of inclusion.
Thanks, and enjoy the game