Saracens RFC

“There won’t be many chips in Toulon’s armour” – Richard Wigglesworth

Saracens take on Toulon in the Heineken Cup final in Cardiff of Saturday and scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth is fully aware of the huge task ahead.
The North-Londoners dominated the Premiership regular season but home and away defeats to Toulouse in the Heineken Cup group stages meant they qualified as best second and had to travel to Ulster.
They scrapped by against a 14-men Irish side but went on to put in the performance of the season when they humiliated Clermont 46-6 at Twickenham in the semi-finals.
They are now only 80 minutes away from lifting Sarries’ first European trophy but Wigglesworth knows just how big the challenge will be at the Millennium Stadium.
“Toulon have massive players up front and world-class in the backs. There won’t be many chips in their armour,” he told The Rugby Paper.

Richard Wigglesworth
Richard Wigglesworth

“They’re right up there in defence and if we try to play too much they’ll feed off from our mistakes like they did last year. A lot of teams try to run them around but it can back fire as they are very clinical.
“It’s not us being negative. We just want to make sure we know what’s coming and everyone is on the same page.
“We’ll have to make sure we’re in the right part of the field and try to hurt them up front. When they have the ball, we can’t afford to let them get some go-forward and have their big ball carrier coming around the corner.
“There will be chances in this game and we have to take them because there won’t be many.”
Since winning the Premiership in 2011, Saracens have assembled one of the strongest squad in Europe and it looked like a trophy was on the cards last season when they reached two semi-finals but defeats to Toulon and Northampton saw them end the season empty-handed.
Trailing 17-11 against Harlequins in the Premiership semi-final last Saturday, demons of last year when they lost to the Saints at the same stage of the competition at Allianz Park looked to have reappeared but they came through – winning 31-17 – and Wigglesworth is now ready for two ‘massive weeks’.
He added: “I and I think the whole team were quite nervous before the game last week. The pressure was on after finishing top of the league against a Quins side that had a lot of momentum.
“It felt like deja vu when they scored just before half-time but the atmosphere in the changing room was night and day from last year.
“Saints shocked us last season so we knew what was coming but the composure and belief we took from the good and bad experiences we had in recent times got us through.
“The next two weeks are massive for the club. We’re playing Saracens’ first Heineken Cup final against the reigning champions. It doesn’t get bigger than this really.
“We then have Northampton who are right up there. As daunting as it is, what lies ahead is very exciting.”
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