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Chris Wyles: Saracens targeting home semi-final ahead of Derby Day

Chris Wyles: Saracens targeting home semi-final ahead of Derby Day

After convincing victories over Bath Rugby in Round 18 of Aviva Premiership Rugby and Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup quarter-final, Saracens winger Chris Wyles believes his side are primed to target a place in the Aviva Premiership Final.

Saracens put Bath to the sword a fortnight ago, running out 53-10 winners to put themselves back in the hunt for a home semi-final spot.

And ahead of their Derby Day encounter with Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, Wyles believes his side cannot take their foot off the gas against a side that beat them in the reverse fixture in Round Four.

Saracens’ Derby Day fixture is expected to host more than 50,000 fans at Wembley as both sides look to secure their places in the top four and feature in the semi-finals.

“We always have big battles with Harlequins, they are a really dangerous team so we are going to try and lift our game again on Saturday,” said Wyles.

“When we lost to them earlier in the season, Harlequins were able to put pressure on us so we need to be better than we were.

“It is coming down to that part of the season now where there are semi-final spots up for grabs and home semi-finals too.

“It would be naïve of us to say that we do not want a home semi-final. We need to focus on our remaining games and take as many points as we can from them.”

“With the quality of the sides in this league, there are many teams still playing for place in the top four.”

Saracens currently sit third in the league having won their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures after brief slump saw them winless in three matches following their New Year’s Day victory over Leicester Tigers.

And Wyles has his sights firmly set on Exeter Chiefs one place ahead of the north London side as Aviva Premiership Rugby enters the final four rounds of fixtures.

“Exeter have nudged ahead of us a little bit so we need to go out and perform on Saturday to keep the pressure on,” added Wyles.

“It is obviously really exciting with over 50,000 fans coming to Wembley for the game.

“It is really cool for us as players to play in such an iconic stadium and we want to put in a performance for all the fans.”

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