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Video - Wyles reflects on 'brutal' Saracens campaign

By Nick Heath

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Having scored two tries on his last appearance with Saracens before retirement, winger Chris Wyles spoke to RugbyPass at Twickenham with his Premiership winner’s medal around his neck, delighted with what was an impressively strong and typical performance from the Londoners.

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Wyles commented after the match, “I just feel very privileged to be in this position and to be involved with this club with this kind of journey. I’ll need a couple of months to let this all sink in.”

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Saracens had a spell of seven losses in a row in all competitions towards the end of last year so for Wyles this victory feels well-earned. He said, “It’s pretty brutal trying to compete on both levels both in Europe and the Premiership. Since the double, it’s been an interesting couple of years for us. We went away to Exeter last season and they proved a point to us.

“We wanted to come back and prove a point in the Premiership. We were disappointing in the European campaign but I think it says a lot about our leaders and the players we have at this club that we’re able to recalibrate mid-season, come back fighting and push on like we have. It says a lot about the team and I think that holds us in good stead moving forward.

“I’ll be fascinated to see where this group of players takes this club.”

With both Aviva Premiership finalists putting in plenty of high scoring tallies over the course of the season, hopes were high of a thrilling encounter at Twickenham. But it was Saracens’ defence that proved to be the most eye-catching, despite their attack scoring four tries. Exeter Chiefs struggled throughout the first half to really land a shot on Saracens with Billy Vunipola and Chris Wyles scoring before the break.

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Wyles added a third in the second half before Chiefs scored what was merely consolation in the end through a Steenson try, Nathan Earle rounding off the afternoon with a 4th Sarries try which along with a Ben Spencer penalty saw the Londoners victorious by a margin of 17 points. It’s Saracens’ fifth Aviva Premiership title, their third in four years.

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