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Fri Apr 25 09:05:51 SAST 2014

Bring on Clermont, says former player Smit

TEAMtalk Media | 23 January, 2012 09:460 Comments
Saracens v Biarritz Olympique - Heineken Cup
John Smit of Saracens looks on during the Heineken Cup match between Saracens and Biarritz at Vicarage Road on January 15, 2012 in Watford, England
Image by: Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Saracens hooker John Smit is relishing the challenge of facing former club Clermont in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

Pool Four winners Clermont will provide tough opposition for the Premiership champions. Last season, they beat Saracens home and away in the pool phase, winning 25-10 and then 24-19.

"Clermont are a fantastic club with quality players throughout the squad and it's going to be a massive challenge for us - but one which we cannot wait for," said the former Springbok captain, who spent a season at Stade Marcel Michelin in 2007/2008.

"I know from my time there that they always want to do well in the Heineken Cup. But at Saracens we are looking to create our own legacy with the squad of players we have. It should be a really exciting match."

Saracens edged past Treviso on Sunday to top Pool Five and secure a home quarter-final after overturning a four-point half-time deficit.

"Treviso are a good side, Biarritz had it tough here this season, they're a proud bunch," added Saracens coach Andy Farrell.

"They're well drilled, well organised and it was always going to be tough and physical as you always expect in the Heineken Cup.

"We have come away with the win, we're through to the quarter-final and are very proud of the achievement."

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