May 10, 2017
Billy Vunipola: "We need to play to our strengths"
Billy Vunipola has expressed Saracens’ need to stay focussed in their position as defending champions as they travel to Edinburgh for the Champions Cup Final on Saturday.
They face Clermont in the final and the Number 8 has expressed the importance of retaining focus and sticking to a game plan against the team that currently sits second in France’s Top 14.
He said: “I think you saw with how they played against Leinster, they’ve got a massive attacking threat, especially in the first half of matches, however, I don’t think it’s about nullifying that threat, it’s more about playing to our own strengths.
“I think if we were to have come out with an ideal game plan against Munster, I don’t think it would have been to defend for the whole first-half and that’s something that we probably don’t want to do against Clermont given the nature of their strengths.”
“It’s about playing in the right areas, which is something that we probably didn’t do very well against Munster and also not compounding errors. “, He added, “If we can avoid that then we’re going to get good territory then hopefully we can strike and get the scoreboard ticking over.”
Vunipola played the full 80 minutes in 2016’s 21-7 win over Racing 92 in the final and has described the feeling of being defending champions, saying: “No one likes the defending champions, everyone wants us to fall at the earliest hurdle possible”
“You saw last week how mush Wasps enjoyed beating us and that’s good, it shows that we’re a good team hopefully from here on in we can crack on and show what we can do.
“We should remember how much it means for other teams to beat us, especially now as we near the end of the season.”, He explained, “It’s not a motivating factor for me or the team though, it’s just a reminder of where we are as a team
“We have to turn up every game as well-prepared as we can possibly be.”