May 12, 2016
Super Dunc: "We've come a long way"
Saracens Players Player of the Season Duncan Taylor reckons his side are better equipped to claim European Rugby Champions Cup glory after losing out two years ago.
The London club do battle with Racing 92 on Saturday in Lyon for the right to be crowned European champions. They came so close two seasons ago, but were overpowered by RC Toulon at the Principality Stadium.
Saracens had 14 of their beaten finalists in the match day squad that overcame Wasps 24-17 at the Madejeski Stadium last month. And Taylor, who picked up the Club's Richard Hill Players Player of the Year Award at the end of season awards, says his side will be ready for the huge occasion at Grande Stade de Lyon.
He said: "With the experience we've had over the last few years in these big European games, and with guys becoming internationals, that really helps. We know what to expect in these games, we aren't as anxious or nervous because we've been there before.
"We've learned a lot together as a squad over the past four or five years. We've played in a lot of big games as a team and they've taught us a lot. The togetherness of the squad really shines through in these tight encounters and it gets us over the line.
"We've done well this season but have a massive three weeks with some huge games, starting in Lyon this weekend. It's going to be a huge test for the squad and we're all really excited."
Saracens are hoping to do a European and domestic double this season, with a Premiership semi-final against Leicester Tigers on the horizon. And Taylor says the unity in the squad can spur them onto glory.
He said: "You want to be going out there and playing for people you care about and that's what we've developed here. It's a special feeling when you go out on that field and you're fighting for the person next to you. It really can help in crunch games, it could end up being the turning factor."
Full interview with Super Dunc is on Sarries TV