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Preview: Saracens v Gloucester Rugby

Preview: Saracens v Gloucester Rugby

Richard Wigglesworth wants Saracens to repay fans’ faith after taking "a long hard look" at themselves in the wake of their record home-defeat to Wasps.

Mark McCall’s outfit welcome an in-form Gloucester Rugby side to Allianz Park on Saturday having been thoroughly dismantled by Wasps 64-23 last weekend.

Gloucester narrowly missed out against the league-leaders in Aviva Premiership Rugby round two 17-15 – despite a fine performance – and they will be looking to take advantage of a Saracens side depleted by international call-ups.

The Cherry and Whites are searching for a third consecutive win for the first time since 2012 and according to Wigglesworth, a notable absentee from Eddie Jones’ first England squad, they will encounter a fired-up Saracens side.  

“We let our fans down badly at the weekend. They have been extremely supportive and we need to give them something to shout about,” the scrum-half said.

“Full credit to Wasps for their brilliant performance at the weekend, but as with any side, you look at yourself first and it just wasn’t acceptable what we produced at the weekend, we know we have a big week against an in-form, very good Gloucester team.  

“You have to find something inside you that makes you work. As a club we’re treated so well that we should
always find that and I don’t think we’ll struggle for it this weekend.

“Last week and the coming weeks it is going to be how you as an individual get yourself ready for the game and how you bounce back.

“You have to have a long hard look at yourself, see what you produced, was it good enough and why?

“Why did it happen? What can you do to get better?  What can you do to make sure it never happens again?”

Gloucester have defeated Bath and Harlequins in recent weeks and having beaten Saracens 24-23 in January 2015, they will head to North London full of confidence.  

Club captain Billy Twelvetrees insists his men are wary of a Saracens backlash, but are out for some revenge of their own.

“We had them at home at the start of the year and didn’t get the result we wanted so we’re looking forward to going and hopefully getting the win,” he said.

“As soon as kick-off comes it is about who focuses more on the day. We haven’t won down there yet, so it is massive for us to go down there, get off to a great start and impose ourselves."

Allianz Park, 3pm

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (12th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe & Andrew Pearce. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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