Saracens intent on landing blow in Province clash

Ross McLean
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SARACENS scrum-half Neil de Kock insists his side’s philosophy will ensure a full-blooded approach to Sunday’s clash with South African outfit Western Province in the Sanlam Challenge at Allianz Park.

Despite facing Ospreys in the LV=Cup tomorrow evening Sarries boss Mark McCall has named a strong 23-man squad for their showdown against the reigning Currie Cup champions, with Chris Ashton, Charlie Hodgson and David Strettle all selected.

Former South Africa international De Kock previously made 52 appearances for Western Province during a six-and-a-half year spell in Cape Town, and the 35-year-old is adamant the game carries considerable weight for all the players involved.

“We have always had this mentality at Saracens of not having a pick and choose attitude no matter which game it is, whether it is an important European game down to a friendly, as it is on Sunday,” he said.

“Every game is an opportunity and it will allow individuals to play well, gain confidence, maintain their match fitness and put themselves in good stead for extremely important Premiership matches coming up in the future.”