Chris Wyles admits Saracens are in for a tough test when they visit Clermont this weekend in a European Rugby Champions Cup winner-takes-all clash.
Wyles, who scored five tries as Saracens reached last year’s European final, opened his account for the tournament as the Aviva Premiership Rugby side beat Munster 33-10 at Allianz Park.
Chris Ashton, who scored twice against Clermont earlier this campaign and when Sarries beat them 46-6 in last season’s semi-final, also crossed over for a pair of tries on Saturday.
Wyles also dotted down in that semi-final and the wing duo will be looking to inflict a similar fate on their French counterparts when they make the trip across the Channel.
Victory will cement Saracens’ place atop the Pool 1 standings, likely securing a home quarter-final and setting Mark McCall’s men on the road to bettering last year’s runners-up medals.
And winger Wyles is hoping the pressure of the occasion will inspire Sarries to maintain their recent hold over Clermont.
“Clermont will be a massive occasion and we can take a lot of confidence from that performance into the game,” he told the club website.
“We know that away at Clermont is a tough as it comes, but it’s definitely exciting times for the club and we’re really looking forward to next Sunday.”
And he believes the secret to toppling the French giants once more could be replicating the way Saracens went about their business on Saturday.
He added: “There was such a great vibe out on the pitch and we knew Munster would provide us with such a tough test and as a group we pulled through. We were physical, we were clinical it was a great day overall.
“There was just a good atmosphere all round. We were energised and our physicality overall was good and we just did our fundamentals really well today. We’re delighted.”
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