Will Fraser admits Wembley Stadium has become a home from home for Saracens – claiming it could prove the difference when his side host Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.
Saracens will make the journey to Wembley for the sixth time to take on Leicester Tigers on Saturday with an enviable record of four wins and one loss in the Aviva Premiership at the iconic venue.
Both sides will be putting their 100 percent starts to the season on the line after Sarries chalked up a 40-3 win over London Irish before downing Sale Sharks 23-16 while Leicester swept aside London Welsh 38-13 and eased past Worcester Warriors 34-26 last time out.
The last time these sides met Leicester emerged victorious in their Aviva Premiership semi-final clash at the end of last season – Saracens’ only reverse in their last six Premiership games having begun this season with a bang.
With another Wembley homecoming now looming large Fraser admits Sarries are desperate to exact some revenge on Tigers.
“The way the club have gone about things at Wembley means that there is very much a Saracens feel about the place, and it now really feels like a home from home,” said the 22-year-old flanker.
“We’ve formed a good little rivalry with Leicester over the past couple of years.
“You know it’s always going to be a tough test wherever you play them, and it should be a brilliant occasion in front of a big crowd.
“It’s always a privilege to have the opportunity to play at Wembley. I was very fortunate to play there for the first time last season in front of a world-record crowd for club rugby against Harlequins, and it was a great experience.”
Sarries’ impressive start to the season has been matched by Wembley debutants Leicester who have racked up nine tries in their opening two fixtures.
However while the league table might suggest otherwise Tigers skipper George Chuter has warned his side they’ll need to buck up their ideas to repeat their play-off heroics – Leicester won 24-15 before losing the final to Harlequins – this weekend.
“We have started the season well in terms of our results which is great after last year,” added Chuter – whose Tigers side have won their last six away matches in all competitions.
“But we have probably only played 40 good minutes of rugby combined from our first two matches so we need to try and put a whole game together.
“But we know we need to up our performance if we want to compete against the best in England and in Europe.
“And that starts with this weekend against Saracens where we will have to be at our very best.
“These games are normally decided by the smallest of margins and we know what a force they are.”
Referee: Greg Garner (38th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Paul Dix. TMO: Graham Hughes.