Saracens Must Match Toulouse Blow For Blow

Mako Vunipola shows some niggle against Gloucester, and will need to have the same mindset when Saracens play Stade Toulousain.

Mako Vunipola shows some niggle, Toulouse offers a tougher challenge that has to be met "blow for blow"

If we don’t match Toulouse physically, blow for blow, we could be in trouble in Sunday’s massive Heineken Cup game at the Stade Ernest Wallon.

We are both on 15 points and the winners of this game will be big favourites to top the Pool 3.

The French have named a side full of really big lads and if you let teams like that get on top of you early doors, you are in for a tough day.

The crowd will also respond to a good start by the home side and really get into it.

From a personal point of view, I will be up against Jean-Marc Doussain and Jano Vermaak in the half-backs. Doussain is a typical French fly-half who can also play scrum-half and likes to attack. Vermaak has plenty of experience and is quality around the fringes.

Looking through their squad, they are a not a team that we can sit down and pick holes in because there is quality all over the park.

My last memory of a game in Toulouse was when we were on the end of an absolute hammering when I played for Sale. I was recovering from a broken rib I think and we were so short of players through injury that I had to sit on the bench.

It was a very long afternoon.

We will back ourselves though and we have had a fantastic week of training. There has been a real buzz around the place and we will take that to France with us.

There’s a feeling in the camp that we are going into the Lions’ Den where there will be a lot of noise and no respect for the kickers. There is a real energy from crowds like that and, if things don’t go well for them, we can hopefully take the crowd out of the game.

We are playing well and have had some good results lately. And it’s great to see Brad Barritt back in the side after a lengthy injury. He has worked so hard in the gym and the performance he put in at Gloucester was top drawer.

Brad Barritt showed good form for Saracens against Gloucester, and will need it again this weekend against Toulouse.

Barritt showed good form against Gloucester and needs to again against Toulouse

We want to put the outcome of this group in our own hands and there is only one way to do that – go to Toulouse and win.

I am hoping to be rooming with Owen Farrell when we get out there. We often do that and I like sharing with him for two reasons.

Firstly, I play the seniority card and claim the double bed, while Owen is forced to have the single.

And secondly, he makes a great brew.

Multi talented Farrell, not only a quality ten, also makes a good brew says frequent roomy Wigglesworth.

Wigglesworth prefers sharing rooms with Farrell who apparently makes a good brew


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