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Preview: Saracens v Exeter Chiefs

Preview: Saracens v Exeter Chiefs

Saracens captain Alistair Hargreaves has labelled Sunday’s clash with Exeter Chiefs "do or die" with just two rounds to go in the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

Should Chiefs triumph at Allianz Park they will almost certainly overtake Sarries in the table, while a win elsewhere for Leicester Tigers could see the London club drop out of the top four altogether.

On the flip side, victory for Sarries could seal their place in the semi-finals with a game to spare.

And Hargreaves wants the supporters to come out in force and roar the team to victory.

“It has turned into a huge game, the biggest game, it’s an absolute do or die for us, so we need all the support we can get,” said the 29-year-old lock.

“Our fans give us a massive boost, we rely on them heavily. Hopefully we can get a massive turnout and hopefully we can put a good result in and a good performance in for them.

“Allianz Park has given us an identity. It is a place that is very close to all of our hearts and a place we love playing at. To have a place we can call home fills us with pride.

“Our home fans are always so alive, so vocal, their support means everything to us. It definitely gives us extra, that extra five per cent we need to put in big performances.”

Exeter won November’s corresponding Aviva Premiership Rugby game between the two sides 27-19, but lost in both LV= Cup clashes.

Chiefs have also lost two of their last three Premiership clashes and have won only once on the road since November.

But full-back Byron McGuigan has called for one last push from the Chiefs.

“It’s time to throw the kitchen sink at things, especially these last two games,” he said.

“What we have to do is stay as positive as we can and look to get results from the last two games.

“The boys know we still have a chance of the semi-finals and if we get into them, anything can happen from there. We know what needs to be done, so we just have to keep pushing.”
Allianz Park 2pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: JP Doyle (95th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth & Peter Huckle. TMO: David Grashoff

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