|Venue: Trailfinders Sports Club Date: Sunday, 13 June Kick-off: 16:30 BST Coverage: Full reside commentary on BBC Radio London Digital (and on-line) with reside scores on the BBC Sport web site|
Saracens and England hooker Jamie George says the Championship play-off remaining might show to be one of the vital essential matches in his profession.
Sarries journey to Ealing Trailfinders within the first leg on Sunday (16:30 BST).
Saracens have included 12 worldwide gamers – 5 of whom have been named within the British & Irish Lions squad to face South Africa – of their line-up.
“It’s probably the game which has the most riding on it out of any game I’ve ever played in,” George mentioned.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly, the 30-year-old added: “We can’t lose, and there are pressures with that. Every point counts.
“It’s huge and the expectation is excessive. It is like we’re making ready for a European remaining.”
Sarries are aiming to return to the Premiership on the first try, having been relegated for persistent breaches of the salary cap.
The north London club have won five Premiership titles and three European Champions Cups under director of rugby Mark McCall.
The Northern Irishman expects his squad to draw on their previous experience of big finals for the two-legged play-off, where the club with the highest aggregate score will be promoted to the top flight.
“This group of gamers has been used to essential matches this time of yr,” McCall mentioned.
“We have gotten some rhythm in our recreation, and that degree of cohesion is one thing we now have at all times discovered to be crucial.
“The opportunity to get back into the Premiership is what we wanted.”
Ealing ‘eager to make step up’
Ealing completed high of the desk after Saracens had their remaining match of the marketing campaign referred to as off, however Sarries gained 48-20 when the 2 sides met in the course of the common season in April.
The Trailfinders are bidding to succeed in the Premiership for the primary time, and director of rugby Ben Ward hopes his gamers have learnt from their first encounter with the north Londoners.
“We can’t afford to give them as much time on the ball as in that first game,” Ward mentioned.
“We know Saracens have a few other things they are going to bring to the table. But we are focusing on what we are going to do in the big moments.
“We know the place we wish to go as a membership and we now have been constructing in direction of that for the final couple of years. We are eager to make the step up.”
McCall believes west London outfit Ealing are “prepared” to play in the top flight, and expects a “stern problem” over the following two weekends.
“The preparation we now have executed is like it could be for any big match,” McCall added.
“Ealing are the form of staff you do not wish to let into your 22 as they will do some actual injury.
“They have really experienced half-backs who play a strong territorial game and they are a good set-piece team too.”
The return leg will happen at Saracens’ StoneX Stadium on Sunday, 20 June.
Ealing Trailfinders: Johnston; Hammond, Bodilly, Gordon, Cordy-Redden; Willis, Hampson; Davis, Malton, Whyte, De Wee, Cannon, Murphy, Uzokwe, Smid (capt).
Replacements: Van Vuuren, Gibbons, Thiede, Linsell, Thompson, Burns, Daniels, Al-Jiboori.
Saracens: Goode; Lewington, Daly, Tompkins, Maitland; Farrell (capt), Davies; M Vunipola, George, Koch, Itoje, Swinson, Rhodes, Wray, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Woolstencroft, Adams-Hale, Clarey, Hunter-Hill, Reffell, Whiteley, Taylor, Segun.