Aug 29, 2016
Du Plessis raring to go after 'toughest' preseason
Saracens kick off their Aviva Premiership Rugby season at Twickenham for the London Double Header and prop Petrus du Plessis has every intention of finishing their campaign there as well.
Sarries’ victory over Exeter Chiefs in last season’s final might only have been three months ago but already attentions have turned to the new campaign.
And Mark McCall’s defending Aviva Premiership Rugby and European Rugby Champions are desperate to come back to rugby HQ for the 2016-17 final.
But the longest journey begins with a single step and for Saracens that is their London Double Header clash with Worcester Warriors.
35-year-old du Plessis insists his side are better than ever in their quest to back-up last season’s historic achievements.
“It’s always fantastic to play at Twickenham – we always say the season starts there and we hope it ends there as well,” said du Plessis.
“We have had a really good pre-season. For me personally it has been one of the hardest I have ever done – I don’t know if it’s my age catching up with me or just the sheer volume of hard work we have put in in a small space of time!
“But things are coming together really nicely and we are really looking forward to the London Double Header against Worcester.
“After doing so well last season, everyone is out to get us and we have that in the back of our minds.
“We have spoken about the success we have had – we haven’t really set goals this year.
“We feel it might be more appropriate to take it week by week and just stick to what we know – we are happy with the Champions Cup pool we have and where we are with regards to the Aviva Premiership.”
Warriors impressed last season and with Carl Hogg taking charge at Sixways Du Plessis is confident that they will put up a real fight at a Twickenham Stadium destined to be bubbling with noise.
“Worcester is a very good team and they will come out with a game plan but we will be well prepared,” he added.
“We love playing there, the crowd is phenomenal and it’s always a fun day out for the fans.
“The fans enjoy it – it’s great to get fans from all over the Aviva Premiership coming together, talking about the season ahead.
“That’s unique how fans can sit next to each other, have a laugh and a bit of banter. The fans will go out and enjoy the rugby – that does not always happen with other sports.
“From what I can remember the last five or six years the games at the London Double Header have always been brilliant and had you on the edge of your seat with ridiculously good tries.”
Start the Aviva Premiership Rugby Season in style with two games from £25 at Twickenham. Harlequins v Bristol Rugby and Saracens v Worcester Warriors in the London Double Header, 3 September. Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk