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Despite losing to Toulouse last weekend, Saracens, the club with three USA players on its roster, still has an excellent shot at making the Heineken Cup Quarterfinals.
The club sits second in Pool 3, and while only two of the six second-place teams make the QFs, Saracens currently has the second-best record among those teams (the loser of Leicester v Ulster has clinched a wild card spot).
"It was a tough game," USA fullback Chris Wyles told RUGBYMag.com of his team's 21-11 loss to their French opponents. "Toulouse are a formidable team especially at home. We see the loss as a learning curve and we are now focusing on putting out a strong performance on Saturday against Connacht. A win will keep us in the running for a quarter final spot."
Actually, it will clinch it. A win will give Saracens 19 points, which means Northampton, Cardiff, Harlequins and Edinburgh can't catch them. Should Saracens win with a bonus point, and Leicester lose with no bonus points, then Sarries would take the top wild card spot, which would be the 7th seed.
Connacht, currently 3-2 and in 3rd in Pool 3, will be no pushovers.
Wyles is expected to be in the lineup for Saracens, but we haven't seen Hayden Smith or Titi Lamositele yet, and it's unlikely we will this coming weekend, either.