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Preview: Saracens v Harlequins

Preview: Saracens v Harlequins

Saracens’ American international Chris Wyles admits the hard work starts now as the Aviva Premiership leaders prepare for a titanic clash with second-placed Harlequins on Sunday in a game that will be played in front of the ESPN cameras.

Sarries have been on an excellent recent run, winning their last three Premiership games to go top of the league, running in 12 tries in the process.

That was enough to see them leapfrog defending champions Quins into top spot after Conor O’Shea’s side slipped to defeat at home to Exeter Chiefs last time out.

And with the target of a home semi-final come the play-offs, as well as a European Cup quarter-final against Ulster in a fortnight, Wyles knows that Sarries need to maintain their recent form.

He said: “It's exciting times, we've got a huge game coming up against Harlequins at the weekend, it's a first versus second, top of the table, clash and it doesn't get much bigger than that.

“Then looking even further forward, we've got Ulster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final, so the stage is really set for an exciting finish to the season and that's what you want as a club to be in those positions.

"It shows the strength of the squad and you've got quality players coming back in and it only says you're in a great position, it’s going to create some competition but that's healthy."

The 2010/11 champions have enjoyed a very consistent season to date, having lost just three times in the league.

Back in September they ended Quins’ unbeaten start to the campaign with an 18-16 win at the Stoop as Owen Farrell kicked all their points.

Both teams will welcome back their England contingent this weekend, with four Quins players and five Saracens players involved in last week’s Six Nations game in Cardiff.

In their absence Quins claimed their first silverware of the season with a 32-14 win over Sale Sharks in the LV= Cup.

George Lowe started that game in the centres and he has challenged his teammates to kick on from that success to become the dominant force in the English game as Quins chase an unprecedented treble of the LV= Cup, Heineken Cup and Aviva Premiership.

He said: “Every game is massive now until the end of the season but that is how you want it if you want to be one of the top clubs in the country.

“Winning the treble is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we have got to give everything we’ve got.

“Hopefully, we are on our way to becoming the Leicester of this era.”

(Allianz Park, LIVE ON ESPN HD
Referee: Greg Garner (46th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank & Robin Goodliffe. TMO: David Grashoff.

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