Saracens juggernaut ready to blast aside Exeter in Premiership final

Maro Itoje’s confidence underlines Saracens’ belief as they attempt to show they are the greatest club side ever

Should Saracens complete a second domestic and European double in four seasons it will be time to ask a simple question: has English rugby union ever seen a better club side or one that, with each passing year, have so consistently upped the ante? Several good judges are already convinced, before Saturday’s Premiership final, that the domestic game has never seen the like.

Few would necessarily guess as much on arrival at Saracens’ training base in St Albans. An ice-cream van was doing a brisk trade beside the training pitch before their Champions Cup final against Leinster; this week no flags fluttered from any of the three flagpoles outside the Old Albanian pavilion. Upstairs, the main bar area where the squad eat is not remotely flashy. The secret, as with most successful organisations, lies not in grandiose surroundings but in the quality of the people involved.

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