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Preview: Saracens v Exeter Chiefs

Preview: Saracens v Exeter Chiefs

Joel Tomkins admits the memory of Saracens’ defeat at Allianz Park last time out is something he wants to consign to history by beating Exeter Chiefs.

It was the first time Sarries had ever been toppled in the Aviva Premiership regular season at the ground.

And should the Chiefs defeat them on Sunday another unwanted slice of history will be made, having not lost successive home games in the same Premiership season since February 2006.

The form books suggest an immediate return to normality as Exeter struggle through four losses on the bounce, but Tomkins has no intentions of underestimating them.

“Exeter have been very unlucky the last couple of weeks, there has not been much in the two games they have played,” said Tomkins.

“We have watched the video of their last game and they play some pretty decent stuff and we know we will have to be at our best this weekend to get a result.

“We are aware of their position in the league. As much as we want to get the win for our top two aspirations, they will be just as desperate for to get into the top four. That’s what it’s all about. It’s a massive game for them.

“We were disappointed with our game against London Irish last time, we were at home and all the boys want to put that right.

“We let some of our usual game slip in that last home game so it’s a great opportunity to get back to doing what we do best.”

The Chiefs, who are currently eighth in the Aviva Premiership, have not won on the road since Round seven against Sale Sharks.

Time is of the essence as they look to vault themselves back into contention for a top-four finish and centre Jason Shoemark believes a shock win at Sarries would be just the shot in the arm Exeter need.

“Saracens have been a class team for a long time now and probably haven’t been happy over the last couple of weeks, but they’re not a team we’ll be taking lightly,” said Shoemark.

“It’s a great pitch up there and it’s going to be a hell of a scrap and last year we really got pummelled so there’s huge room for improvement.

“Even though we’re not in great form, after the same amount of games last year we had around the same number of points and are perhaps doing a little better this season.

“If we do get a win against Saracens it will set us up for a run until the end of the season.”

Allianz Park, 3.15pm
Referee: Wayne Barnes (132nd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick & Paul Burton. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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