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Preview: London Irish v Saracens

Preview: London Irish v Saracens

London Irish forward Jebb Sinclair insists his side will be making the most of home comforts this weekend in their derby with London rivals Saracens.

The Exiles have made a blistering start to 2013, winning four games on the spin until last weekend’s reversal against the Cardiff Blues.

But in the Aviva Premiership their recent record is disappointing, with only six league points from their last half a dozen encounters.

And with the battle for survival entering a crucial stage of the season with four league games in succession in the next month, Sinclair knows that tests do not come much harder than Sarries.

Mark McCall’s side have won their last eight contests in all competitions and at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday Sinclair and co will need to be at their very best.

“We know exactly what type of game Saracens are going to come with, they are very solid and look to take the three points every time they get into your 22,” he said.

“But the Madejski is a big wide pitch and we will be looking to take full advantage of that fact and make Sarries play our game.

“The fact that they will be missing a few big players makes no difference to our preparations, they have an unbelievably deep squad.

“With the home support behind us we will give them a real fight in what is a vital period of the season for us.”

Saracens currently sit second in the Aviva Premiership table with only two defeats all season but have only scored 13 tries in this league campaign, the lowest number in the division.

But despite being robbed of key players like Chris Ashton, Alex Goode and Owen Farrell, prop Matt Stevens is confident his side have enough about them to match the Exiles on the day.

“I think London Irish have some great individual players and I think they have seen some real form over the last couple of months winning a lot of their last few games at home,” he said.

“They are a good team that likes to throw the ball around and play some good attacking rugby so I think it’ll be a good game to watch. We’ve prepared for them and I’m looking forward to the game.

“We go into every game with the intention of winning. The beauty of the league is that every side in the Aviva Premiership can beat any other side on any given day.

“We’re not arrogant in the sense that we don’t go into games thinking we’re going to win without putting any effort in but we hope we do.” 

Madejski Stadium (3pm)
Referee: Andrew Small (83rd Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stewart, Ashley Rowden.

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