Jan 21, 2019
A home draw is really good - Kruis
Saracens will meet Glasgow Warriors for a third time this season in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Mark McCall’s side secured a home last eight match with a 38-19 victory over their Scottish opponents who qualified for the knockout stages as one of the best runner-ups in the pools.
An entertaining first half saw the two sides share six tries Ben Spencer, Vincent Koch and Billy Vunipola scoring for the hosts and Tommy Seymour, Ali Price and Ryan Wilson crossing for Glasgow.
Second row George Kruis was denied a score, having the ball stripped from his grasp on the line. The England international expressed how much Sarries enjoy playing in Europe and also noted an area for improvement from the first 40.
He said: “We love this competition; we put everything into it. It’s a big one for us so to get a home draw is really good.
“It was a tidy game; a good, fiery game – an enjoyable one.
“We just need to work on defence. Attack wise we looked pretty strong and we converted some good opportunities; we were exiting well as well.
“In terms of our defence we were a bit loose around the breakdown and gave them a few cheap yards.”
Sarries improved their defensive efforts in the second period and, much like they did in the reverse fixture, denied Glasgow a single point.
Will Skelton added: “The second half we really came out there defensively. The boys stepped up around the rucks and really hit their runners off nine.
“I thought we were really dominant there.”