More than 15 months have elapsed since the last time Worcester Warriors tasted success on the road in the Aviva Premiership but Saracens winger Chris Wyles insists the league leaders won’t be taking the game lightly.
A 6-0 victory against London Wasps on New Year’s Day in 2012 remains the Warriors’ last victory away from Sixways, and Worcester have only one win in their last eight outings following the heartbreaking 18-24 defeat to Exeter Chiefs last time out.
Saracens in contrast have an unblemished home record this season despite playing at seven different venues – and new home Allianz Park is proving to be just another fortress.
Unbeaten in five, everything points to another win for Sarries but US star Wyles is refusing to take Worcester for granted with a chance to walk out at Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership final far from secured.
“The Aviva Premiership is such a strong competition that there are no easy games so even though we have been on a good run we are taking nothing for granted against Worcester,” said the 29-year-old.
"They beat us earlier in the season and they always seem to get the better of us in recent years, they always seem to raise their game against us.
“We know it will be tough but we want to keep this momentum going for the rest of the season and that will be in our heads on Sunday.”
Allianz Park, with its 4G surface, may take some credit for Saracens’ current position, with the side unbeaten in their four games at their new home.
Worcester scrum-half Jonny Arr admits the pitch could prove a challenge, but with the Warriors having beaten Sarries 12-3 at Sixways in the Aviva Premiership earlier this season he is confident they will be no pushover.
“Saracens will be a difficult game on their new surface. It will provide a new challenge,” said Arr. “We are still aiming to get our first away win of the year and that’s certainly still at the back of our minds.
“It will certainly be a bit different from the games we have been playing, it’s faster and that’s something to look forward to.
“Saracens have had time to get used to the pitch and it will make a change from what we have been used to at Sixways where it’s been quite boggy to say the least. But whether it’s on grass or an artificial surface it’s just another game of rugby, really.
"If I knew the answer to that [Worcester’s poor away record] I’d be a rich man. We’ve got a monkey on our backs that we need to shake off, but I don’t think it’s got inside our heads.”
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Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (64th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Watson & Ian Tempest.