Dec 20, 2013
Allianz Park sell-out excites Hodgson
Fly half Charlie Hodgson is relishing the battle with Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
The Premiership’s record points scorer is under no illusions about the challenge reigning champions, Tigers will bring.
He said: “As usual against Leicester its tough, you don’t expect anything less from them really. They’ve obviously had a tough time with injuries throughout the squad but as always they provide stern resistance so I think this Saturday will be no different, it will always be hard work and Saturday will be the same.”
The 33-year-old has become a permanent fixture in the Premiership since his debut for Sale Sharks back in 2000, and is all too aware of the challenge Saracens face when the 10-times champions come to town.
“I think the thing with Leicester is that across the board they work unbelievably hard and never give up. They play for the full 80 minutes; you can never count them out. I think games against Leicester in the past few years for Saracens have gone to the wire and you are expecting a test for the whole game really. Their set piece is always very dominant and each game they play their scrum and lineout is very good so we won’t expect anything different.”
With Allianz Park set to be full to the rafters, Hodgson is looking forward to the festive atmosphere that the game will bring to Saracens’ home.
“It is always nice to have this place full, for the past few weeks it has only been seven thousand. People getting excited for Christmas, people getting excited for the game, it is going to be a good crowd, it is always brilliant when it happens.”