Saracens’ back-rower Jacques Burger made his long awaited return to action on Wednesday evening, as he turned out for Bedford Blues against the British Army in the ‘Mobbs Memorial Game’ at Goldington Road.
Burger, who was joined by fellow Saracens’ players Andy Saull, Jared Saunders, Jack Wilson, Luke Baldwin and Sam Stanley in the Bedford match-day squad, made his first appearance after a 14 month injury lay-off, and he was understandably delighted on his return to the field.
Burger said: “It was great to be back playing against after so long out. I was nervous to tell truth as my first game back was such a big thing for me after spending all that time on the side lines.
“The match was like a Barbarians fixture, and the nature of the game yesterday meant I had to do a lot of running as both sides wanted to play as much rugby as possible, and I had a lot of fun out there.”
Although delighted to be back, Burger, who started at openside flanker last night, was pragmatic on the impact he had on the game.
“It was a big step up from training to a competitive game, and in terms of my performance I didn’t play incredible that’s for sure. But I’m realistic and I know that I’ve got a long way to go to get back to where I was before.”
He added: “In regards to my injury, I’ve got a lot more work to get through in terms of getting my form back, but part of me feels very proud to have got out there last night and to have played.”
Saracens are entering a crucial part of the season with some huge games on the horizon, but the Namibian is concentrating on regaining his sharpness.
“As a club we’ve got a lot to look forward to, with some big games coming up in the Premiership and Heineken Cup. The guys who have played this year have been fantastic and are really on form at the moment and it’ll be tough to get back into consideration that for sure.
“I’m just looking forward to getting some more game time under my belt. I may have a few more ‘A’ team games coming up and I’ve spoken to the coaches this morning about my performance last night and they seemed happy to have me back.”