Mar 02, 2015
Itoje looking to build on 'good day'
Maro Itoje revealed that his Man of the Match performance against Newcastle Falcons was one of his most enjoyable games in his fledgling Saracens career.
The 20-year old lock forward produced a confident performance in Saracens 22-17 win over the Faclons on Saturday, picking up a well-deserved Man of the Match award in a personal display that underlined his status as one of the games most promising stars.
Itoje was everywhere during his 80 minute shift. Whether in defence or in attack he was a standout with his physicality and work-rate impressing on the day.
Speaking after the Saracens win, Itoje said: “In terms of first team experiences, that was up there for me. It was a good day.”
“It was a massive win for us considering the makeup of the table and considering everything that’s going on in the rest of the Premiership. The table is pretty tight. Nothing will be decided just yet, but it was important we got the win today.
“It was a tough old game. Newcastle are top side, and playing like that they can turnover plenty sides in this league. We’re happy to get the result, it wasn’t the ideal performance from us but it’s something we can certainly build on.”
Itoje’s promising performance was highlighted by Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall in his post-match press conference, with McCall singling out the 20-year old forward for special praise.
“I thought Maro was really good,” said McCall speaking after Saturday’s game. “Sometimes when you are that age, and you come into a team with a lot of senior people around you, you can play within yourself and not play your own game. We felt that at Sale the other week he did that a little, he still played well but not quite himself. Today I thought he imposed himself physically, he imposed himself vocally and he played like a real leader. Some of his collision work with and without the ball was extraordinary."
McCall added: “Everyone seems to be talking about him, but the good thing is he’s a really level headed kind of guy and he’s doing really well.”