Huge test awaits Sarries says McCall

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:04
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REACTION: Defending champions Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admits his side face a huge test as they lock horns with Glasgow Warriors in the quarterfinal stages of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Saracens have qualified for the last eight of European Rugby's premier club competition for a sixth successive season after topping Pool Three remaining unbeaten throughout the pool stages.

"Glasgow Warriors are a team we have a huge respect for. Under Gregor Townsend they have been building as a side and growing to this point as a squad and in this year's competition they have produced some fantastic performances against Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers, two sides who have real European pedigree," said McCall.

"There's a really positive energy in their squad and they have a team packed full of internationals so it'll be a huge test for us but one that we're looking forward to,"

Saracens can confirm that they are looking to stage the game at Allianz Park, with the capacity of the ground being temporarily increased to 15 000.

"We'd be delighted to play the game at Allianz Park'" said McCall. "In our experience, European quarterfinals are always tight and testing occasions so to have our home support behind us is a real positive. Our fans have really rallied behind the team this season when we've needed their support and I'm sure that they'll be looking forward to this game as much as we are,"

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Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
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Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
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Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
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Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Team P W D L Pts
Munster 6 5 0 1 24
Glasgow Warriors 6 4 0 2 19
Leicester Tigers 6 2 0 4 8
Racing Metro 6 1 0 5 5
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 6 4 1 1 22
Toulouse 6 3 2 1 18
Connacht 6 4 0 2 18
Zebre 6 0 0 6 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 6 5 1 0 24
Toulon 6 3 0 3 16
Scarlets 6 2 1 3 11
Sale Sharks 6 1 0 5 4
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 6 4 1 1 23
Montpellier 6 3 0 3 16
Castres 6 2 1 3 12
Northampton Saints 6 2 0 4 9
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 0 1 26
Bordeaux 6 3 0 3 14
Exeter Chiefs 6 2 0 4 12
Ulster 6 2 0 4 10
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Gloucester 0 0 0 0 0
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