Sarries must cope without Barritt

19 May 2017 21:52:06 GMTPlus10

Saracens will have to cope without injured skipper Brad Barritt for their Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday.

The former England centre sustained a leg injury against Clermont last weekend and will be replaced by Scotland international Duncan Taylor, who is the only change to the XV who started the European Champions Cup victory.

I have a feeling that the players would be genuinely disappointed not to win the Premiership this season.

Rob Baxter

Owen Farrell will lead Sarries in the absence of Barritt, with the Allianz Park outfit two wins away from completing a second successive European and domestic double.

They can be backed at 4/11 to win in Devon on Saturday and are 4/1 to open the scoring with a try, while they are 6/4 to open the scoring with a penalty.

Meanwhile, Exeter boss Rob Baxter, who welcomes back Don Armand and Thomas Waldrom in the back-row and Phil Dollman at full-back, believes his side are ready to go all the way, having lost to Sarries in the Grand Final last season.

He added: "We have talked for a long time this season about what it would take to become champions and one of the things you have got to be prepared to do is beat the team that beats Saracens, or beat Saracens yourselves.

"I have a feeling that the players would be genuinely disappointed not to win the Premiership this season. I can't honestly say that was the case last year."

The Grand Final last season at Twickenham finished 28-20 in favour of Sarries, with an Alex Goode try five minutes from time putting the seal on the victory.

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