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Preview: Saracens v London Welsh

Preview: Saracens v London Welsh

Seb Jewell insists London Welsh are leaving no stone unturned as they bid to spring what would be an Aviva Premiership surprise on Saracens in front of the ESPN cameras on Sunday.

On paper London Welsh stand very little chance of doing that, Saracens sitting second in the table having lost just once in their last 11 league games.

And the Exiles themselves are currently on a run of six-successive Premiership defeats since beating London Irish 15-9 at Kassam Stadium on 1 December.

A trip to Saracens therefore is a daunting prospect for a side that have won just once away from home this campaign, when they visited Sale Sharks in September.

And when you throw in the fact that they will be taking Sarries on at their new home of Allianz Park and their new artificial pitch then it doesn’t look good for Welsh.

But Jewell insists the Exiles will do all they can to get one over Saracens, taking solace from some surprise Six Nations results to help propel them away from the Aviva Premiership drop.

“We have been doing some training on a 4g pitch this week to prepare ourselves,” Jewell said.

“It makes a big difference in terms of the scrum, the breakdown, everything really so we want to be ready.

“These are the sort of games we wanted to be involved in when we came up, only the second-ever Aviva Premiership game on their new ground against an in-form side.

“It will be a tough game, of that there is no doubt, but we take a lot of confidence from how close we ran them last time, we felt we should have won that game.

“Scotland showed last weekend that if you can keep yourself in the game when you are not on top then anything can happen.” 

Saracens host London Welsh having fought back from 17-3 to claim a 32-27 victory at Welford Road on Saturday as well as a crucial bonus point.

And hooker John Smit is calling for more of the same against London Welsh.

“Backing up from last weekend, we need to take our second half performance into the game against London Welsh at Allianz Park,” he explained.

“London Welsh are a team who weren’t easy opponents away from home earlier this season, and we are going to have to take the good form we’ve had over the last couple of weeks and use that to the best of our ability this Sunday.”

Referee: Luke Pearce (12th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stewart & Andrew Watson. TMO: David Grashoff.

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