Harlequins lock George Robson is confident his side will not be lacking motivation to beat their London rivals Saracens in front of what is set to be a record-breaking crowd at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
A world record crowd for a club rugby match witnessed an epic try-fest between the sides at the same venue last year as Sarries eventually ran out 39-17 winners.
With ticket sales expected to exceed that tally of 83,889 for this weekend’s clash, Robson insists his side are fired up to avenge last season’s defeat and tie contests at Wembley between the sides at 2-2.
The 29-year-old, who will make his 200th appearance for Quins when he runs out at Wembley, is wary of facing a Saracens side still riding high from their LV= Cup final triumph over Exeter Chiefs.
But with Conor O’Shea’s men still in pursuit of a top six place in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season, Robson admits they will have to phase out a vociferous crowd to stay in the hunt.
“We want to put in a good performance as we’ve got our goals for this season and winning this game in front of a huge crowd is definitely one of them,” said Robson.
“We need to make sure we are playing at our best though to challenge Saracens because they are a great team with a lot of really great players.
“I’m sure they will be on a high from winning the LV= Cup but we will have an extra incentive to gain revenge for the Wembley game last year.
“I’m really looking forward to playing against them – we’ve got a lot of respect for Sarries but we need to concentrate on ourselves and show them what we are about.”
While Harlequins’ only victory in their last 13 fixtures in all competitions against Saracens came at Wembley three years ago, Mark McCall’s side have lost just once in their last eight games in all tournaments.
Saracens have a mixed record at Wembley with three wins, one draw and three losses in their last seven fixtures but will be driven to remain in contention for a home Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final this season.
Regardless of the result, Sarries scrum-half Neil de Kock, who has played in all but one of his club’s 11 visits to Wembley, is certain the game will be a spectacle to savour.
“I've been fortunate enough to play at Wembley many times and each occasion has been something special,” he said.
“To be part of a great occasion at such a magnificent stadium is not something you take for granted and both sets of players seem to love playing there.
“We've created some great memories and this game against Harlequins is certain to be another.”
Wembley Stadium, 3.15pm
Live on BT Sport
Referee: Wayne Barnes (151st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix and Roger Baileff. TMO: Geoff Warren
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