Saracens - Sideline Summary | Exeter Chiefs v Saracens

May 19, 2017

Sideline Summary | Exeter Chiefs v Saracens

Ahead of Saturday’s pivotal Aviva Premiership semi-final clash down in Sandy Park against Exeter Chiefs, we spoke to some of our fans to hear their thoughts ahead of the weekend’s action, their preview of the game and get their views from the sidelines in what is the second of two huge weeks for the club.

First up, we hear from a Saracens and Chiefs duo, Matt and Lucy. Whilst on the pitch the two teams are competing against each other, off the pitch rugby’s traditional camaraderie between rivals still rings true. Whilst both will be at the game, they won’t actually be sitting together…

‘We aren't really sure we can handle sitting together at such an important game, and there’s usually quite a bit of banter between us. Out of the two of us, Matt’s got the bragging rights at the moment after Saracens won the final last year, and being crowned back-to-back European champions last week, but we both back our teams to win. Saracens have so much experience when it comes to knock out rugby, but Sandy Park is such a strong fortress, so it’s going to be a close one!’

Now time for a familiar face amongst Sarries fans, the Saracens Supporters Association Chairman John, who, after an exciting weekend in Edinburgh, is looking forward to an equally as mouth-watering clash down in the West Country…

‘We have enormous respect for Exeter, the club, the team, and their passionate and friendly set of supporters.  They’re also coming to the end of a great season and are on a similar trajectory to Saracens, so Saturday’s semi-final at Sandy Park will be another monumental challenge.  Sandy Park is always a great place to visit- I’ll be travelling down for the game and will be cheering the boys on, in the hope of extending our season by one more game.  The Chiefs have been in great form but were able to have a rest last weekend, while we were busy becoming European Champions again.  We’re almost certainly going to experience another nerve-jangling afternoon hoping the boys can dig deep again in pursuit of the double-double.’

James from @RugbySaracens is looking forward to an early start with fellow fans on the supporters bus down to Exeter and is making it a family affair, bringing his son to the match with him…

‘We’ll be getting up at an indecently early hour and setting off with fezzes, flags and loudest voices. The supporters’ coaches leave Allianz Park at 6am…but it’ll be worth it. The Chiefs fans are renowned as a welcoming, friendly and noisy crowd, and the team are buoyed from their recent eight consecutive bonus point wins. But we’ll be doing our best for our Sarries by singing our songs, matching their chants, urging on our Wolfpack warriors, waving flags and enjoying Devon hospitality and friendship. Be part of it. Here’s to making more amazing memories.’

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