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Owen Farrell interview: Saracens aiming for perfect finish

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England fly-half Owen Farrell is full of confidence heading into the final part of the Rugby Union season, with Saracens challenging for both Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup honours. 

Farrell, 22, was part of England's Six Nations squad that just missed out on the title on points difference, with Ireland pipping their rivals to the trophy.

However, he's quickly turned his attention back to club rugby, and is eager to make an immediate impact on the quest for glory.

"We (Saracens) just take every game as it comes," the fly-half told GiveMeSport after a training session at Wembley.

"We put all our effort into making sure we're prepared for the next game and making sure we're ready. We have to make ourselves proud when we play every game and we want to win every game we play in."

The London club currently sit second in the Aviva Premiership, two points behind leaders Northampton Saints after 16 games. 

There's a decent gap back to third, with Farrell's side boasting an impressive 14 wins and just two defeats since the start of the campaign.

The 22-year-old also has his eyes on the prize in Europe though, with an exciting quarter-final tie against Ulster on the horizon on April 5th.

"The two tournaments we are still in are massive and it's extremely exciting," he added.

"It's a massive privilege to play in all the big games but at the same time you've got to put the work in, not just for the big stage but every game you play in. To be involved in them and play on stages like Wembley, you have got to perform consistently."

Sarries will be looking to cement their place in the playoffs with a big win against Harlequins in-front of an expected crowd of over 80,000, but with such a vital role to play in the side, Farrell admits that pressure to perform does come from within. 

Like with any good professional though, he shuts out the expectation of a huge crowd and focuses on producing the goods to the best of his ability.

"You put the pressure on yourself because you put the practice in. You train since you was a kid to play in these sort of stadiums and events so you pressure yourself to deliver on these occasions," he concluded.

"The crowd don't come into it, you've got a job to focus on and a plan going into the game so you have to concentrate on that."

After tomorrow's (Saturday) clash at Wembley, Saracens face London Wasps next weekend before the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster on April 5th.

You can watch Owen Farrell, a BT Sport ambassador, in action for Saracens against Harlequins on March 22nd. The game is live on BT Sport 1, with kick-off at 3:15pm.

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