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'We Don't See It As A Daunting Prospect': Saracens Fancy Their Chances Vs Munster

'We Don't See It As A Daunting Prospect': Saracens Fancy Their Chances Vs Munster
By Gavan Casey Updated
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Once they got the ball rolling Saracens proceeded to destroy Glasgow, eventually romping to a 38-13 win at Barnet Copthall.

The champions' victory sets up a tantalising Champions Cup semi-final - Sarries' fifth in a row - at the Aviva Stadium, where Munster will lie in wait.

Despite the Aviva frequently playing the role of graveyard to English championship assaults, Saracens centre Brad Barritt has claimed his side are actually relishing the idea of facing Munster in front of 50,000 feverish fans in Dublin, comparing the task to that which faced them in the Premiership during years past.

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Speaking after today's victory, the Saracens captain said:

The pleasing thing is that over these five or six years we have thrived on going to places where we potentially have not won before.

It started in our Vicarage Road days when we didn't get much of a crowd and we thrived on going to Welford Road and Kingsholm.

This is the next logical step - to go to a national stadium to play an iconic team like Munster.

We will look forward to it. We don't see it as a daunting prospect - we see it as an exciting opportunity.

The English club's director of rugby Mark McCall, meanwhile, explained how his players would need to recogise the magnitude of the occasion in advance of their clash with Munster, saying it could potentially be a bigger task than their trip to Clermont at this stage two seasons ago.

On that occasion, Clermont edged Saracens 13-9 to reach the final, reaping revenge after Sarries had demolished them in England just a season previous.

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The players don't realise it yet - hopefully they will when they get there - but it's going to be a very special day.

We played Clermont a couple of years ago when there were 30,000 Clermont fans and us. This is going to be double that - there will be 50,000 Munster fans.

We all know there's an emotional element to this game and we have to make sure we're able to cope with that.

Munster v Saracens will take place at the Aviva Stadium on the weekend of April 22nd/23rd.

[Irish Examiner]

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