Feb 19, 2013
Hodgson and George delighted with victory
Fly-Half Charlie Hodgson was left delighted by his side’s first victory at the opening Aviva Premiership fixture at Allianz Park.
Hodgson notched up 16 points in the 31-11 victory but admitted that there are still areas on which the team can improve ahead of their next match, Saturday’s trip to Welford Road to face third-placed Leicester Tigers.
“We’re delighted that we picked up the win first and foremost and to get the bonus point in the process was great,” he said.
“I suppose if we are being picky, we could have maybe scored one or two more tries than we did, and I should have kicked a few more goals than I did, but we bounced back well after the London Irish defeat. This group has a good habit of responding to poor performances before and I think that we proved that to be true on Saturday.”
Another player to enjoy the afternoon at Saracens new home was hooker Jamie George.
Playing in his first Aviva Premiership fixture at Allianz Park, the 22 year-old said: “I thought we played some great rugby. It was a really fast game, we upped the tempo and I thought we had a superb off-loading game. We played a really quick game and to get four tries in the process is something that as a team we are really proud of.”
The game was played in front of a sold-out Allianz Park, and the change of surroundings was something that George (who replaced John Smit on the hour-mark) believes helped spur his team on to victory.
“The atmosphere was brilliant you could really here the crowd get behind the team. It definitely made a difference and it really felt like home.”