Farrell relishing Euro Cup showdown

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:47
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Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell is looking forward to the challenge that awaits against Ulster in Saturday's European Cup quarterfinal at Twickenham.

Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell is looking forward to the challenge that awaits against Ulster in Saturday's European Cup quarterfinal at Twickenham.

After securing a 22-13 victory at Wasps to maintain the club’s lead at the top of the Premiership table, the attention now turns to the matter of securing a place in the final four of the European Cup.

For Farrell, it's a quick return to Twickenham after Six Nations duty with England and the playmaker is relishing the occasion.

“Ulster are a quality side and it’s a huge game – one that I’m really looking forward to. It’s going to be a huge occasion playing at Twickenham, and there’s been tens of thousands tickets sold already so I’m looking forward to playing in that big game atmosphere again,” said Farrell.

“Ulster have threats all over the park, so we know that we’re going to have to maintain this good run of form if we are to beat them.”

That good run of form continued against Wasps in the Premiership last weekend, despite the visitors trailing 0-13 in as many minutes.

Farrell said: “I thought we showed some great character to come back and score 22 unanswered points, it typifies what we are about as a group. We took our tries well, and I though Chris Ashton had a great game; he took his try well and he was a threat to Wasps all afternoon.

“That second half was tough, but we started playing our rugby and showed good patience when we had the ball in hand, and I thought we controlled the second half very well.”

The game had added significance for the Saracens team with the return of flank Jacques Burger.

“The dressing room was absolutely buzzing to see Jacques return. He’s a huge player for us and his presence both on and off the field cannot be underestimated at this club.  

“We are all very happy that he’s back and we’re looking forward to seeing the Jacques of old when he gets out on the pitch in the coming weeks.”

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Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
Sale Sharks v Wasps 34 | 28
Sat, 18 February 2017
Connacht v Dragons 14 | 9
Ospreys v Munster 23 | 25
Leicester Tigers v Bristol 50 | 17
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 37 | 17
Bath v Harlequins 22 | 12
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
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