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LV= Cup preview: Saracens v Northampton Saints

LV= Cup preview: Saracens v Northampton Saints

Tim Streather says Saracens will have to be at their absolute best if they are to beat Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Northampton Saints in their LV= Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Saracens have won all their games of this year’s competition while Northampton have only lost the once, a 17-8 defeat to Leicester Tigers at the end of January.
 
The game takes place at Allianz Park, where Sarries have only lost once all season – which happens to be to Saturday’s opponents Northampton, 24-31.
 
However, Streather insists the team are not out for revenge and are instead motivated by keeping their own good form going and reach the Franklin’s Gardens final a week on Sunday.
 
“The group that has played in the previous rounds of the LV= Cup is a fantastic group and are in good form,” he said.
 
“It will be a similar group going into the weekend so we are not looking at it as revenge or anything like that, we just want to carry on the form that we set earlier in the season.”
 
He admits getting to the final is a real possibility and regardless of what team Northampton put out, Streather is confident his side can produce a performance worthy of winning the trophy itself.
 
“As a group we are really excited to just go out there and get ourselves to the final,” he continued.
 
“I don’t know what side Northampton will put out but I have every faith in the side we will be putting out.
 
“We just have to be at our very best, they are a very good side and top of the Premiership so whatever side they put out will be a very strong one.
 
“We know we will have to be at our very best but we are at home, we take a lot of pride at home and we want to win this and get to the final so we are very excited about the game on Saturday.”
 
Northampton, meanwhile, have history in the LV= Cup, reaching the final last year before eventually losing out 15-8 to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.
 
And Saints forward Jon Fisher believes the game is the perfect opportunity for every player in the squad to put down a marker and prove their worth to head coach Jim Mallinder.
 
“The guys, and myself included, can offer something different as individuals and it's up to us to put our best foot forward,” he said.
 
"We're aware of Saracens' threat, defensively they are formidable, but we have to focus on our own performance and this weekend everyone has the chance to show what they can do.
 
"As a pack of forwards, there are definitely certain standards we need to meet in order to win."
 
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