May 27, 2016
Devil is in the detail says Wigglesworth ahead of Twickenham showdown
All talk of a historic double have been ‘parked’ by Saracens says Richard Wigglesworth as the Allianz Park side prepare for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs.
The in-form Saracens scrum-half says his side’s preparations have centred on Saturday’s opposition Exeter Chiefs, a team Wigglesworth says he has the ultimate respect for, rather than talk of repeating the feats of side’s such as Leicester Tigers and Wasps in securing a domestic and continental double.
After defeating Racing 92 earlier this month to secure the club’s maiden Champions Cup title, Saracens are now on course to become the first English side to secure a double since Wasps in 2004 and speaking ahead of Saturday’s Twickenham showpiece, Wigglesworth said: “We’ve had to park the thought of how big an achievement (the double) would be and get back to what wins us rugby games, which is the detail, the hard work and being on it in every training session.
“We enjoy our work, and we’re back to doing what we do best which is analysing the opposition as we prepare to face a very good Exeter Chiefs side.
“I think it was important that we celebrated that European Cup win, and I think it would have been a disaster if we had parked it too quickly and not gone out and enjoyed it. We backed up really well but it really has been back to business this week, and we’ve enjoyed a great week’s preparation ahead of Saturday.
The Chiefs meteoric rise from the Championship to Aviva Premiership final has won the Devon side many admires, with Rob Baxter’s side finishing second in the table in what has been a landmark season at Sandy Park.
“They are a very impressive outfit,” he said. “The guys I have got to know from England are not just great guys but brilliant blokes. We think very highly of what they do at how they do it at Sandy Park and that’s testament to what Rob Baxter and the rest of the club has done. It’s a little different to what we do here but I think they are a lot of similar messages of how happy a camp they are, how hard they work, so we’re under no illusions about what’s coming up this weekend.”
Saracens could also secure back-to-back titles with a win on Saturday with the Leicester Tigers the last team to do so back in 2010. This will be Saracens’ fifth Aviva Premiership final in seven years, and Wigglesworth believes the north Londoners can take a lot of pride from their consistency over a special period for the club.
“What we talk about as a club is giving ourselves the opportunity to win,” said the 32-year old half-back. “That’s by turning up every week and not taking any off weeks mentally or physically. Generally we’ve pitched up every week over the last couple of years and given ourselves the opportunities to go on and take part in big games and big finals. You tend to remember the ones that you win, but we look back on the ones we’ve lost, as we look at giving ourselves the chance to compete in these kind of games and compete for these kind of trophies. Hopefully Saturday will be another good memory but most of all we’re proud that we’re a consistent team that keeps on giving ourselves chances.”