Allianz Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Leicester Tigers in recent seasons, but Ed Slater believes they can take confidence down the M1 following their 27-17 win over Racing 92.
The Tigers were beaten 44-17 and 26-6 at Allianz Park last season in the regular season and the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final, and have never won on Saracens’ artificial pitch.
But following an impressive 27-17 victory over Racing 92 in their second European Champions Cup pool game last weekend, the Tigers will travel to the league leaders full of confidence.
Slater believes his side are in a good position to kick on from their European exploits and is targeting another full 80-minute performance against the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions.
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“Obviously winning the Racing game was the most important thing but the performance too; it was not a game we scraped through,” he said.
“I think it was an 80-minute performance, that’s what we are taking confidence from, against a very good side.
“It’s no secret we have struggled down there, mainly because Saracens are a very, very good side. They are proud of their home record like us and not many teams go there and win.
“We have taken confidence from beating Racing there’s parts of that game we can take into Saracens and come through with a win.”
It’s been a mixed week for the Tigers off the field with the news that Matt Toomua will be out of action for six months after suffering a knee ligament injury at the weekend.
But there was better news for the trio of Tigers – Dan Cole, Ben Youngs and Ellis Genge – all being called-up by Eddie Jones to the England squad for the autumn internationals.
“We saw Matt Toomua go off injury but we managed to push on in the game and got the result we needed,” Slater added.
“Obviously Dan (Cole) and Ben (Youngs) are regulars and rightly so, they are huge players for us, Coley has been fantastic over the last few weeks.
“Ellis is a young bloke who has done really well and made a big impression.
“Eddie Jones likes his physical ball carrying and he’s got an edge to him that’s what he will bring to England because they will need that with very physical games coming up against South Africa and Argentina.”