Ben Earl: Saracens are targeting a third Premiership-Champions Cup double

Ben Earl has declared that Saracens are targeting a third Premiership-Champions Cup double this season, having achieved the feat in 2016 and 2019. Three-time Champions Cup winners Saracens returned to the competition this season after a two-year absence following their relegation to the Championship.  Credit: Alamy
Ben Earl has declared that Saracens are targeting a third Premiership-Champions Cup double this season, having achieved the feat in 2016 and 2019. Three-time Champions Cup winners Saracens returned to the competition this season after a two-year absence following their relegation to the Championship. Credit: Alamy

Ben Earl has declared that Saracens are targeting a third Premiership-Champions Cup double this season, having achieved the feat in 2016 and 2019.

Three-time Champions Cup winners Saracens returned to the competition this season after a two-year absence following their relegation to the Championship. 

Fighting on two fronts

They reached the final of the Premiership in their first season back, and Earl says they are looking to go one better domestically while adding a fourth Champions Cup star.

“We’re fighting on two fronts – this is what we love doing,” Earl told the EPCR website

“We’ve got amazing memories of both competitions as a club, and we’ll go for silverware in both.”

Top of the pile

Saracens have enjoyed a rip-roaring start to the season, winning 11 of their 12 opening matches in the Premiership, and sit nine points clear of second-place Sale Sharks.

Their only defeat in the Premiership was to fellow Londoners, London Irish, while they narrowly defeated Gloucester last weekend thanks to a late drop goal from Owen Farrell.

Earl says that Saracens must be more consistent to achieve their goal of another double.

“Over the last couple of months, we’ve been a bit up and down, if we’re honest, probably since the end of the autumn,” he said.

“We had a tough game at London Irish, but we responded really well at Exeter. It was a different kind of game for us [at Gloucester] – not everything went our way – but we’re really happy to get the win.”

Saracens welcome Lyon to the Stone X Stadium in round three of the Champions Cup this weekend. 

They head into the match ranked third in Pool B after collecting nine out of a potential 10 points from the first two matches. 

Leinster and Exeter Chiefs have claimed maximum points from their first two games and are one point ahead of Mark McCall’s charges.

Saracens claimed a 20-28 win over Lyon in their round two clash in December.

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