Saracens may be sitting pretty at the top of the Aviva Premiership but Chris Wyles has warned his teammates to beware of Sale Sharks – and in particular Danny Cipriani – on Saturday.
Sarries have won seven of their opening eight games in the league and have been sensational at home having won all nine regular season Premiership matches they have played since moving to their new stadium at Allianz Park.
But Sale arrive in London with an in-form Cipriani leading their charge, and USA international Wyles isn’t about to rest on his laurels.
Versatile back Wyles is likely to feature heavily with Joel Tomkins out for three months with a knee injury for the hosts, and he can’t wait to lock horns with the Sharks.
“I think Sale have been playing really well this season, they have a lot of talent and are good at the breakdown,” he said.
“Danny Cipriani has got fantastic ability, he’s obviously one to be wary of and he’s been playing exceptionally well of late.
“We had that tough loss to Toulouse at Wembley in the Heineken Cup so after this game against Sale, we have two games coming up against Zebre that are really important for us as well. But first things first, let’s concentrate on Sale.”
Sale’s 26-10 home win over bottom-placed Worcester Warriors on Friday was their first in the Aviva Premiership since round five.
The Sharks have won just once away from home in the league since February but fly-half Rob Miller is eyeing a shock.
“If we get a good start we can really kick on a get confidence from that and try to get those bonus points earlier on in the game,” he said.
“I think the league is that tight a lot it almost a bit of cat and mouse. You can look through games and it comes back to just one or two critical points and parts of the game where it turns for one team or the other. The league is so tight even when it is the top teams play the bottom it is very cat and mouse.
“The boys that came in have done a great job for us this year we did not have a massive amount of turnover but they have really added depth to our squad and there is competition throughout which is healthy for everyone.”
Referee: JP Doyle (69th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson & Nigel Carrick. TMO: Sean Davey.