Jan 25, 2019
Gallagher anticipates hostile environment
Saracens head to Harlequins in the Premiership Rugby Cup this weekend and the squad are expecting a vociferous home crowd.
The Men in Black are joint-top of their pool going into the derby day fixture, knowing a win will assist towards their aim of qualification to the semi-finals.
A young Sarries side mixed with some experience will run out at The Stoop at 15H00 on Saturday and full-back Matt Gallagher is relishing the contest.
He said: “We’ve had a good start, winning two and drawing at Sale so that means this weekend is a must win game for us.
“We know it’s going to be a hostile environment with it being a local London derby and we know they’re going to come out pretty strong and it should be a good match.
“The main thing for us is to keep it simple and just to back ourselves. We know we’re good players so we can just go out there and have some fun.”
In its debut season, the Premiership Rugby Cup has provided young talent with the chance to showcase their talents on the first team stage.
That is perhaps no different to the Anglo-Welsh Cup but Gallagher insists with the tournament being solely sides from England’s top flight, it’s a step up and a format Saracens want to do well in.
“This competition is a next level up (in comparison to the Anglo-Welsh),” he said.
“Some teams are taking it quite seriously which is good for us so we get to develop more as players and get to show our skills against different levels of opposition.
“If we make into the knockout stages to a semi-final or final it would be great; it’s what we’ve aimed for since the start of the season.
“I know Adam Powell has put a big emphasis on us trying to go far in competition and we’re all thriving for the opportunity.”