Saracens are looking every bit the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions so far this season and Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson believes his side must limit their devastating kicking game to find success against the high-flyers on Sunday.
Saracens have had a perfect start to the season, winning all six of their Aviva Premiership Rugby clashes as well as their four European Rugby Champions Cup matches to date.
They have not lost since going down to Exeter Chiefs at Allianz Park last May and also have an impeccable record against Wasps – winning the last eight fixtures between the sides.
Regardless, Simpson is adamant his troops can come out on top at the Ricoh Arena this weekend although he acknowledges that the way Sarries set up, while not always pretty, is undeniably successful.
“In terms of their playing style I’m not sure anyone aspires to be like if I’m totally honest, but they are completely effective and have a fantastic kick chase,” explained the 27-year-old.
“They have some fantastic players within that squad who know what they bring and what their strengths are as a side.
“They play from there, and every team wants to beat them but it’s about knowing what’s coming and how you can deal with it.
“If their kick chase is as accurate as it has been all season then it will be a very big ask for anyone, and they turned us over at our place last year having kicked the ball over 100 times which is almost unheard of.”
In a similar fashion to last season, Wasps’ campaign has been maddeningly inconsistent to date with three league wins and three losses seeing them sit sixth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.
On their day though, they are capable of beating any team – a fact that Saracens, and director of rugby Mark McCall, are well aware of.
And McCall is desperate to start a proverbial murderer’s row of upcoming fixtures with a victory on Sunday.
“We’ve got a tough run of fixtures coming up in the Aviva Premiership,” he explained. “We have Wasps away and Leicester at home, and a visit to Harlequins before we play Ulster and Toulouse.
“Those are five fixtures we can really look forward to. Things have been going well, and the last four games we’ve played we’ve run in a lot of tries but we know what makes our club tick.
“We know what we need to get in place against teams like Wasps, Leicester and Harlequins. We’ll be working hard on these things over the next couple of weeks.”
(Ricoh Arena, 2pm)
Referee: JP Doyle (101st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Simon McConnell & Roger Baileff. TMO: Trevor Fisher.
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