Apr 22, 2017
Saracens ready for Dublin showdown - Wigglesworth
Richard Wigglesworth insists Saracens will not use the experiences of other teams in Ireland when it comes to their Champions Cup semi-final clash against Munster.
Both England and Wasps have travelled across the Irish sea in recent months with neither side returning with a win under their belts but for Wigglesworth this statistic will have no bearing on how his team will fare when they make the trip.
“We are different side who play a different way to England playing a Munster team who play differently to Ireland so I wouldn’t get bogged down in thinking that England game means anything to what we are about to do” said Wigglesworth.
“I am not worrying about what other teams have done in the past. This is a Saracens team that I am hugely proud to be involved in and confident that win or lose we will have put it all on the line and we won’t be losing because of what other teams have done.”
Much has been said pre-game about the raucous atmosphere expected at the 51,700 capacity stadium come kick off however for Wigglesworth and his Saracens teammates this is nothing unusual or unexpected only something to relish.
“We all know what this game means and how big this competition is, the Aviva Stadium with 50,000 people in there, it is one we are certainly excited about” added Wigglesworth. “We went away to Clermont a few years ago in Nantes and that atmosphere was ridiculous, and I’m sure this will be something that will compare with that.”
“This is where you want to be, testing yourself in this kind of atmosphere against these kinds of players.
“If they come out on the right end of the result, which is quite possible because they are an outstanding team then we will applaud them and say well done but we will make sure it is not through us losing our composure or being overawed by the occasion.”
Saturday’s game marks the fifth consecutive European semi-final for Mark McCall’s side, experiencing both the highs and lows that come at the business end of the season, giving Saracens the experience needed to tackle the challenge Saturday will pose.
“We have played a lot of knockout rugby and we have proved reasonably successful in the last few years at it,” said Wigglesworth. “We have got a lot of experience of both winning and losing games so we feel like we know what it is all about.
“If they beat us on the day they will have to be better than us as a rugby team not because of some emotional involvement because we massively respect how good they are and how well coached they are.
“We know they are going to bring a few different things and a lot of plans to try and disrupt us but that’s the game in big games it’s about winning the little battles and we will try and do that at the weekend.”