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"Saturday is a must win" - Vunipola

17th January 2014 15:50

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Mako Vunipola of Saracens charges upfield past Chris Robshaw

Prepared: Mako Vunipola

Saracens prop Mako Vunipola acknowledged the scale of the occasion when his side welcome Connacht to Allianz Park on Saturday.

"As a squad I think we're in a pretty good place. We're doing well in the Premiership and last week we were unlucky away to Toulouse, we've still got a good chance this weekend and we simply have to take it this Saturday" said Vunipola.

"It was tough to take (Saracens defeat to Toulouse). We prepared as we do every week, very well, for the game, and to come away with nothing after all the effort was pretty hard. Steve (Borthwick) spoke after the game and just said to us that as a squad we have to accept it and turn the loss into a positive by learning from it.

"We've been in this place before at Saracens. One year Saracens were beaten by Clermont and we improved, last year we were desperately unlucky not have got the better of a very strong Toulon side and we've raised our game since, and now after last week's setback we are looking to do the same.

"This weekend is massive for us, and we know that we are in for a huge test this Saturday, against a dangerous Connacht team who have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

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