Dec 08, 2017
Farrell Excited By Clermont Double-Header
Owen Farrell has expressed his excitement at the prospect of welcoming French Champions Clermont to Allianz Park this weekend.
The Men in Black face Clermont in the first instalment of a double header at Allianz Park on Sunday (kick-off 3:15pm) and Farrell says that the Champions Cup double-header will be an intriguing spectacle.
Farrell said: “These back-to back weeks are interesting, you get to spend a bit of time working each other out.
“This week’s the same as any other but by next week we’ll have spent two weeks preparing to face the same team, so it’s a little bit different, but when it’s as big a game as Clermont then it’s exciting.”
Farrell kicked 13-points as Sarries beat Clermont in the 2017 Champions Cup final and is confident that he and his teammates will approach the match in the right manner.
The 26-year-old explained: “It’s a big game against Clermont, and we’ll treat it like we have done for every other big game, we’ll make sure we don’t get tight or anxious about things; we’ve got to go out to attack the game and that’s the only way to go about our business.
“We always try to do the right thing and play the right way; we need to do what we do well and attack the game and hopefully the performance comes off the back of that”
The North Londoners will travel to Welford Road on Christmas Eve after the back-to-back matches against the French side and Farrell, who returned from England duty last week, believs that the club’s tricky November will help ‘iron out the creases’.
“We’re not in crisis but can we do stuff better?”, Farrell asked, “Yes, I think we can; we’re working hard and working calmly to sort that out and what we can do better isn’t a million miles off.
“I don’t think anybody who achieves anything does so through plain sailing; you only have to look at us as a group over the last few years to know that you have to go through the bad times to experience the good ones.
“That’s not to say this is a bad time, it’s a time where we probably get to look at ourselves a bit more because we’re coming off the back of a loss; in these situations you’re more open to sorting stuff out, it’s little things here and there and hopefully we’ll work them out.
“We’ve had some good chats,” He added, “Nothing over the top but just normal team meetings and we’ve probably been involved in it a bit more; these are the things that can set you up for the rest of the year if you get them right.”
“It’s the kind of run coming up that can iron out any creases and hopefully set us on a good road for the rest of the season.”