Oct 19, 2017
Calum Clark wary of Experienced Ospreys
Saracens must not rest on last week’s performance as they prepare to face a talent-rich Ospreys, says flanker Calum Cark.
Ospreys, who took last year’s finalists Clermont to the wire in a 21-26 round one loss, travel to Allianz Park with renewed energy to take on the reigning European champions. And with a team packed full of international talent – including Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Dan Lydiate, and Rhys Webb – they won’t be intimidated by Saracens impressive recent form.
Wary of the visitors, Clark said: “They are an unbelievable group of players and they will be right at it this week coming to us. So, we have to go up a step again. We can’t expect that what we did last week was anywhere near good enough to win again.”
After missing time with a calf-strain, Clark has embraced starting opportunities with Saracens and is fitting in seamlessly with his new club. He was one of a number of impressive summer signings that are already paying dividends in North London.
He scored his first try as a Saracen against Northampton last week, though still believes he has a long way to go to reach his lofty standards.
Clark said: “I think in general my understanding of the game and where I fit in to the team is slowly improving, but slowly trying to improve every week is still the main thing for me. With the standard here, there is an expectation to do that little bit more and work that little bit harder here and there in the areas of the game that maybe aren’t as obvious.”
However, this week is all about Ospreys, and under the Saturday night lights this weekend Clark is expecting a showdown.
“This week we are facing a completely different challenge.” He said. “Like I said if you look at their team sheet there is a lot of quality there, so we’ve got to be ready for them.”
Limited tickets are still available to see Saracens Champions Cup return to Allianz Park! And if you can’t make it to the game you can catch Saracens vs Ospreys live on BT Sport 2 (kick-off 19H45).