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Saracens boss Mark McCall has vowed that his players will attack the game when they face fellow English heavyweights Wasps in Saturdays Champions Cup semi-final, live on Sky Sports 1 HD. And Sarries considerable recent experience of knockout rugby - they are reigning Aviva Premiership champions and into a fourth successive European semi-final - could prove crucial at the Madejski Stadium.Somebody said to me that weve had 19 knockout games in the last six years. This is the 20th, McCall said. Its hard to get into the knockout stage, full stop, so to have played as many as we have is a good thing. Hopefully that experience is valuable but if it gets us over the line, we will wait and see.We have talked to the squad about this European journey that weve been on. I remember losing to Clermont Auvergne five years ago when it was men against boys. We were absolutely bullied off the park. Mark McCall is confident his side will progress to the Champions Cup final A lot has changed at our club in the five years. We understood that physically we needed to be in better shape, and our performance team has done a remarkable job and weve recruited well.This young pack that we have has all this experience, and everybody is much more confident in these games.Wasps have not reached this stage of the competition since 2007 when they went on to be crowned European champions, but rugby director Dai Young has overseen some scintillating performances this season including winning a Champions Cup pool that featured Toulon, Leinster and Bath. Whats the secret to the re-emergence of Wasps? Youngs men also smashed Saracens in the Premiership this term, winning 64-23 at Allianz Park, although that came when both sides were without their international players due to Six Nations commitments.He [Young] has done a brilliant job because four years ago they were on their knees, said McCall. They were down towards the bottom of the Premiership and not really contenders for the top four, and now they are playing as good rugby as any team has done in the Premiership for a long time. Saracens v Wasps: Key battles Five head-to-heads in Saturdays Champions Cup semi-final We dont want to be tentative or afraid of the consequences of losing. We want to attack the game and enjoy our rugby because when our team enjoy themselves on the pitch we are normally pretty good.We dont change anything but its a different atmosphere - everybody is a bit more on it. The players are pretty motivated for this week, they have done a brilliant job all year and they are really excited about this game.McCall makes one change to the team that defeated Northampton in the quarter-finals two weeks ago, Michael Rhodes named in the back row instead of Jackson Wray. Wasps forward James Haskell expects a Test-like challenge Wasps, captained by 2007 European Cup winner James Haskell, show two changes from the side that accounted for quarter-final opponents Exeter, with prop Lorenzo Cittadini replacing the injured Jake Cooper-Woolley and lock Bradley Davies in for Kearnan Myall, who has a knee problem.Young said: The players know how big this game is, so there hasnt been much that has needed to be said this week. We certainly dont need any extra motivation.This week, it has just been a matter of doing what we normally do, making sure preparation is good and that we are all clear on our roles and responsibilities.Saracens have probably been favourites for the title from the word go, really. They are a quality team and have plenty of experience at this level, so we will have to be at our best on Saturday.If we achieve that and do play to the best of our ability, we know we can cause any team problems.Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Schalk Brits, 3 Petrus du Plessis, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 6 Michael Rhodes, 7 Will Fraser, 8 Billy Vunipola.Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 Marcelo Bosch.Wasps: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Frank Halai, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Dan Robson; 1 Matt Mullan, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Bradley Davies, 6 James Haskell (c), 7 George Smith, 8 Nathan Hughes.Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Sam Jones, 20 Thomas Young, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Rob Miller.Watch Saracens v Wasps live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Saturday from 2.55pm. 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LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. PITTSBURGH -- Digesting the first two games of a series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals going into the finale Wednesday at PNC Park has it challenges for the two clubs.The Pirates are hanging onto anything they can, while the Cardinals might have to guard against doing cartwheels out of joy.Pittsburgh has lost the first two games of the series, with Tuesdays game a real heartbreaker. The Pirates fell behind by five runs, rallied for a one-run lead, then gave up three homers in the ninth to fall 9-7.It was Pittsburghs eighth loss in a row, leaving it three games under .500 at 67-70 and 5 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the chase for a National League wild-card spot, a spot that could very well be slipping away.A sweep by the Cardinals (73-64) could spell doom.Yet Pirates manager Clint Hurdle put on a double-thick pair of rose-colored glasses.I dont think well get any questions about fight and battle, he said. Thats what we do.Were going to fight. Were going to keep showing up. A lot of things went well (Tuesday) to get us back in the game to get us on top.St. Louis, by virtue of its comeback Tuesday, had similar feelings, but with the relief of a win -- its third in a row and one that kept it just a half-game behind San Francisco, which sits in the top National League wild-card spot.The Cardinals seem to be brimming with confidence.Weve got a team that I think the best way to describe it is a dangerous team, said Matt Carpenter, who hit a game-tying home run Tuesday with two outs and two strikes in the ninth.Weve ggot a team that I dont think anybody wants to match up with, especially in a postseason scenario.ddddddddddddIts a fun team to play on. We never quit, and (Tuesday) was a good example of it.St. Louis has been feasting on home runs. Carpenters homer came as a pinch-hitter, the Cardinals major league record 15th pinch-hit homer this season. The team also has a franchise-record streak of 25 games with at least one home run, which also ties the National League record set by San Diego earlier this year.What did we have? Five? manager Mike Matheny said after Tuesdays game. Yes, it was five.Thats impressive. It shows the talent level we have, taking good at-bats and not stopping.Right-hander Mike Leake (9-9, 4.56 ERA) will return from the DL after having shingles to start Wednesday for St. Louis. It will be his first start since Aug. 21 when he threw seven scoreless innings with a walk and eight strikeouts in a 9-0 win at Philadelphia.Against Pittsburgh this season, Leake is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA.The Pirates will counter with rookie Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.25 ERA), who will be making his 15th start.Pittsburghs losing streak is hardly Taillons fault. Friday against Milwaukee, he allowed one run in six innings but got no run support in a 1-0 loss.He has allowed 19 earned runs in his past 10 starts, has pitched at least six innings in nine of his past 10 starts, and has given up one or no walks in 11 of his 14 starts. Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys From China Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Jerseys From China China Womens NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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