Jan 12, 2017
Scarlets the only focus says Farrell as Saracens chase Euro record
Owen Farrell has sounded out a warning to Saracens to be ‘on it’ against Scarlets as the Men in Black chase history to be the first side to win 14 consecutive games in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Saracens equalled Munster’s 13-game winning streak in their 24-10 win over Sale Sharks in December and ahead of Sunday’s game Farrell refused to be drawn on Saracens’ chance write themselves into European rugby’s history books as they travel to the Parc y Scarlets on Sunday.
“I think what’s more important (than the record) is that we put ourselves in good stead to hopefully progress into the next round of the competition,” said Farrell. “We want to be right up there in our Pool and that’s massively difficult to do, so we’ve got to make sure that prepare well for this week and concentrate on the challenge that’s ahead of us.”
Saracens head to West Wales knowing that a win will guarantee top spot in Pool 3 and see the north Londoners’ progress into the knock-out stages of Europe’s premier club competition for a sixth successive season. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s round five clash Farrell is hoping Saracens can build on their heroic fightback against Exeter Chiefs last weekend as they prepare to face Wayne Pivac's Scarlets side.
“It was a hell of a performance," said the England vice-captain. "To go a man down that early in the game and dig it out for 70 minutes, and not just dig the game out, but put in a brilliant performance in the second half. I thought was a massive effort and we want to carry that into Sunday’s game.
“I’d imagine they’re a (Scarlets) different team to the one we played earlier this season. They had a massive result against Toulon, and that was a home for them as well, so it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got some brilliant players, they play some good rugby so we’re going to have to make sure that we’re on it come this weekend.”
Farrell and Saracens will be lining up against future teammate Liam Williams, after the news earlier this week that the star Scarlets full-back will be heading to Allianz Park next season.
On facing Williams this weekend, he said: “He’s a fantastic player and he’ll be a brilliant addition to the team but hopefully he doesn’t do too well this weekend!”