Mar 31, 2017
Farrell looks ahead to Glasgow test
Owen Farrell has warned there is still more to come from Saracens following last weekend’s Premiership victory over Bath.
The North Londoners welcome Glasgow to Allianz Park on Sunday for a hotly contested Champions Cup quarter-final and the fly-half insists there are improvements to be made on last weekend’s 53-10 demolition of Bath.
"Everyone's in a good place and ready for it, but I don't think we were where we think we can be," the fly-half said.
"We were good in parts against Bath and not so good in others and that puts us in good stead.
"There are a lot of fix-ups and stuff we can do better. The scoring ran away and it wasn't a reflection of the game. We did some good stuff, but in patches."
While Glasgow contest this stage of the tournament for the first time, for Saracens the road to last season’s European glory was a long one suffering a number of knockbacks on the way, the side always priding themselves on their ability to bounce back from such situations.
“We have had a lot of lessons in this competition – hopefully a lot of that we have learnt from, but at the same time we did well last year and need to make sure we improve on that to get anywhere near the final again,” added Farrell.
“We have not talked about knockout rugby yet. We need to make sure we are ready for it. We have discussed the detail of Glasgow today and will concentrate on ourselves, and maybe we will build on the emotion side later in the week.”
Glagsow arrive at Allianz Park with an impressive pool stage campaign under the belts, securing comprehensive home and away victories over Leicester Tigers and seeing off last season’s beaten finalists Racing 92 in the process and with a whole host of exciting players in their amoury including Farrell’s opposite man Finn Russell, the 25-year-old is all too aware of the challenge his side face come Sunday.
“They have got a lot of threats, they are exciting and have backs that can punish you,” said Farrell. “With [Russell, [Stuart] Hogg and [Ali]Price pulling the strings for the team every single one of them can make something out of nothing.
“[Russell] is obviously a sharp player, he seems to take it all in his stride. He’s got a very good skill set, he can make stuff happen. So he obviously fits in well with the players around him, they all seem to feed off each other, and when that’s going teams are dangerous.”