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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