Saracens ready for battle in huge day of Premiership rugby in London

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Saracens and Bath will do battle at Wembley and Twickenham respectively on Saturday (Source: Getty)

Double-chasing Saracens have no intention of relinquishing their grip on either the Premiership or European Champions Cup crown, according to wing Chris Wyles.

The next stage of that quest is Saturday’s London derby against Harlequins in front of a bumper crowd at Wembley, a stadium in which Sarries have lost just three of 12 matches since their maiden appearance there in 2009.

A continental semi-final against Munster is already in the bag following Sunday’s demolition of Glasgow at Allianz Park, while a place in the Premiership play-offs is all but secured. The north Londoners are six points adrift of Wasps but 15 clear of fifth-placed Bath.

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“It would be incredible to be back-to-back double champions and we have the ability and the confidence to be able to do that,” Wyles told City A.M.

“It’s about not getting ahead of ourselves and focusing on the here and now, but it would be an amazing achievement.

“The natural thing for us going forward is to emulate the Toulon of recent years and the Wasps, Leicester and Leinsters who were able to build a dynasty and an aura around them.

“We’re carving out our own story and if we’re able to do these special things, what a story that would be.”

Wyles, who captained the United States at the 2015 World Cup, believes Saracens have become so adept at trophy-hunting that a season’s business end inspires rather than shackles them.

“We’re very good, I believe, at focusing on the things that really matter,” added the 33-year-old. “That’s making sure we build a good culture and environment. As a result, those wins will come.

“If the focus and environment is right, those typical nerves and expectations won’t flow in. We want to make sure we build memories for each other.”

In what is set to be the biggest ever day of Premiership club rugby in London, on Saturday also sees old foes Bath and Leicester do battle at Twickenham in a clash with huge repercussions.

Leicester currently occupy fourth spot and the final play-off place, lying just three points ahead of Bath. Former England prop Henry Thomas, currently sidelined with a knee injury, is under no illusions over the magnitude of the clash for Todd Blackadder’s outfit.

“This is like a knockout game,” Thomas told City A.M. “It’s almost make or break. The winner puts themselves in the hot-seat for finishing in that top four.

“A win on Saturday would give us a chance to be in there. We’re still in contention for two cups [Premiership and European Challenge Cup] and it’s in our hands. You don’t have to win the league to win the Premiership.

“We’re an ambitious squad and we’re not trying to hide that. We’re playing to win trophies and a club like Bath needs to win trophies.

“The players and the coaches here are world class and we owe it to the club and fans to go for those trophies.”

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