Will Evans, Harlequins’ back row, said that he could name “a few more intimidating grounds than Saracens stadium” in advance of the Premiership semi-final.
For a chance to reach the final at Twickenham, Sarries will host their London counterparts at StoneX Stadium this Saturday.
Quins are the reigning Premiership champions. They beat Exeter in last year’s final, after beating Bristol from 28-0 down in the semis.
Sarries says that the stadium, which holds 10,500 people, is fully booked for Saturday’s match.
Flanker Evans (25), has only made five appearances for Quins this year due to injury, but was one the nine first-team players who signed new contracts in January.
“We know this is not an easy task. They are a difficult team to beat at home, but all 23 of us will play and believe that we can win,” he said to BBC Radio London.
They have met three times this season. Two in league play and one in the Premiership Rugby Cup. Sarries came out on top each time.
The North London club added to its 29-22 victory at The Stoop by winning the 28-21 Premiership Rugby Cup at StoneX Stadium. Theo McFarland scored two try and the team also won a 19-10 home victory in the league.
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They’re too great to give up a 28 0 lead’
Harlequins were the Premiership’s comeback kings this season. Evans however believes his team must remain within striking distance of Saracens’ second-best side due to their strong kicking game.
He said, “They’re just too good to let go of a 28-0 deficit [like Bristol last year]”.
“We’ve talked a lot about this, to keep their coat tails in first half and not let them build up too many of a lead.”
“We don’t have to talk, we know”
The winner of Saturday’s game will play Northampton Saints or Leicester Tigers in the final at Twickenham.
Harlequins defeated Exeter 38-38 in the final last year, thanks to two late Louis Lynagh attempts. This was their first Premiership title since 2012.
After a disappointing season in the Championship, Saracens were relegated due to persistent salary cap violations.
High-flying north Londoners were the league’s highest-scoring team, scoring 769 points. That’s 122 more than Quins.
With 16 league-high tries, Winger Max Malins was a major player. Quins’ Cadan Murphy registered 14.
On Tuesday, Flanker Ben Earl was named Premiership’s player-of-the-season. Earl is the league’s best tackler.
The Sarries star recorded 331 tackles that were successful in the regular season, 10% more than any other player. His team was comfortably the most efficient in the Premiership.
Jamie George, a hooker for England and Sarries, says that the players don’t feel they have anything to prove.
He stated that the message of the week was “We don’t need speak, we know”
We don’t want the game to be played or built up too soon. We are aware of the importance of the game, the history and how we want it.
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“All I have to do this week is bring out the best in myself, because I know everyone else is doing it the same way and that contagious.”