Will Evans: Harlequins back row is more intimidating than Saracens, says Will Evans

Will Evans
Will Evans has been a Harlequins player five times this season
Venue: StoneX Stadium Date: Saturday, June 11 Kick-off: 12:00 BST Coverage: Live scores and updates on BBC Sport.

Will Evans, Harlequins’ back row, stated that he could “name some more intimidating grounds” than Saracens’ stadium in the Premiership semifinal.

Sarries hosts their London rivals at StoneX Stadium Saturday to secure a spot in the final at Twickenham on June 18.

Quins are the reigning Premiership champions. They beat Exeter in the final last year, after beating Bristol 28-0 in the semis.

Sarries says that the stadium, which holds 10,500 people, is fully booked for Saturday's match.

Flanker Evans, 25, was injured and has made just five appearances this season for Quins. However, he was one of nine first team players to sign new contracts.

“We know this is not an easy task. They are very difficult to beat at home, but we all know that they can be overcome,” he stated to BBC Radio London.

These two sides have faced off three times this year, in the league twice and in the Premiership Rugby Cup. Sarries has come out on top in each instance.

The club in north London followed up on the matter. 29-22 comeback victory The Stoop won the 28-21 Premiership Rugby Cup at StoneX Stadium. Theo McFarland scored two touchdowns and Theo McFarland had one. 19-10 home win in the league.

“They're too wonderful to give up the 28-0 lead”

Harlequins were the Premiership's comeback kings this season. Evans however believes his team must remain within striking distance of Saracens' second-best side due to their strong kicking game.

They are too good to let go of a 28-0 deficit [like Bristol did last year]He replied, “Yes.”

“We've spoken a lot over that, to keep them on their coat tails for the first half of the day and not allow them to build up too much lead.”

Jamie George
Jamie George is a key player in Saracens' success

Nick Evans stated that Quins will keep the expressive, expansive playing style that took them to the final four.

He said, “We believe in ourselves and our ability to operate, but we are not perfect.”

“Many people doubted that we were the only team that made it back to the semi final from last year.

“We did this season with a lot our best players away from England.

“We're proud to have been able work our way through this entire season.

“We don't have to talk, we know”

The winner will face Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers in Saturday's final at Twickenham.

Harlequins beat Exeter 40-38 in last year's final, Two late Louis Lynagh tries to win their first Premiership title, since 2012.

The Saracens will be back in the postseason finale after a Championship season. They were demoted for repeatedly violating the salary cap.

The league's best-scoring side was the high-flying North Londoners, who finished the season with 769 points – 122 less than Quins.

With 16 league-high tries, Winger Max Malins was a major player. Quins' Cadan Murphy registered 14.

The league's best tackler Flanker Ben Earl was named the Premiership's player of the season Tuesday

The Sarries star recorded 331 tackles that were successful in the regular season, 10% more than any other player. His team was comfortably the most efficient in the Premiership.

Jamie George, England and Sarries hooker, said that players don't feel like they have any point to prove.

He stated that the message of the week was “We don't need speak, we know”

We don't want the game to be played or built up too soon. We are aware of how important the games are, how we want them to be played and their history.

“All I have to do this week is bring out the best in myself, because I know everyone else is doing it the same way and that contagious.

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