Feb 08, 2018
Chris Wyles Looking Forward To Falcons Clash
Saracens' Chris Wyles says that the team is looking forward to getting back into Premiership action as they prepare to face Newcastle at Allianz Park this Saturday.
Winger Wyles returns to action this weekend after sitting out the two Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures against The Dragons & Exeter a and says that it is an exciting challenge to welcome Newcastle to North London.
"I thought that the mentality the young players brought in the Anglo-Welsh Cup games was fantastic, I know we didn't get the result we wanted in Exeter but we came away with a bonus-point. The Chiefs had a pretty stacked side, so by all accounts we played pretty well.
"It was a tough period but it is great for learning, for them to step into the first team and know what it takes as well as fitting into the structures that we're trying to create."
Sarries come into this game off the back of three successive wins in the Premiership and currently sit second in the table. Newcastle meanwhile have been pushing for the play-off places this season and are two points off fourth in sixth.
Wyles emphasised ahead of the game the need to have the right attitude: "This is quite an important block of league games for us in terms of bringing the right attitude, with some of the international players away we want to make sure we perform in the way we know we can.
"We need to bring the right attitude and that will hopefully show in defence, we've got a lot of respect for what they can bring in terms of the quality of their players; hopefully, it'll be a great start to the next block of games."
Falcons are currently enjoying a four-game winning run in the Premiership and Wyles says that he is wary of the test that will be posed to the Men in Black, explaining:
"We've got a good Newcastle team coming to play us at home, so that's an exciting challenge and after a good block of Anglo-Welsh Cup games I think the boys are looking forward to getting back into Premiership action.
"A lot has been said about Newcastle's attacking players, they've got a lot of dangerous runners and we'll be giving them due respect."
Saturday also marks the five-year anniversary of Saracens' first game at Allianz Park and Wyles, who has been with the club for every step over those five years, says that it's a great place to go and play.
The 34-year-old said: "There's been quite a few fun memories at Allianz Park, there have definitely been some fantastic tries scored there as the surface lends itself to good attacking rugby.
"Overall, it's a really good place to go and play; the fans have really brought into it, we get great support and great voice from them and I really relish going there to play. It's been a really awesome place for us to build momentum and create a really strong atmosphere."