After inspiring his team to a stunning 46-6 win over Clermont Auvergne, openside flanker Jacques Burger praised what he described as an “amazing day” for all involved at the club.
“It was an amazing day. I loved every minute of it,” said the Namibian who made a stunning 27 tackles in an all action display.
“You could feel from the start of the game, the first five minutes that there was a special vibe, a special atmosphere about today. The boys were really up for it and everything we did was at 100%. It paid off today. We scored some cracking tries, took every opportunity which you have to do in these big semi-finals”.
The performance of the 30-year-old backrower is made all the more astonishing when you look back 12 months, when as Burger describes, his career was in the balance after a series of knee injuries.
“It’s amazing when I think of it, I really am blessed,” he said.
“I’ve had to work very hard, I know that Saracens showed me loyalty when probably other clubs wouldn’t have gone near me. I had nothing going for me, there was a very big chance that I’d never get to play again, but Saracens offered me a deal and the S&C guys, the coaches have all looked after me. It’s so rewarding”.
On progressing to the Heineken Cup final, he added, “I’ve never played in Cardiff before. I’m looking forward to playing there so much, but from here on in we have to produce that kind of performance in every game.”