Dec 21, 2018
Burger excited by Exeter challenge
Schalk Burger says Saracens are excited to facing Exeter Chiefs in their next Gallagher Premiership outing.
The Men in Black and the Devon outfit take up the top two positions in the table, with the latter behind by two points behind in second following their defeat to Harlequins last time out in the league.
Last season, Sarries put in a spirited display at Sandy Park but fell short in the Six Nations period. This time around both squads will be littered with internationals making the match an even more mouth-watering affair.
“There’s just massive excitement for the team to go down and play against Exeter,” Burger said.
“It’s a new challenge, a new week and not many teams go down there and get a result. They’re a quality outfit and they know what they’re about.
“They’re not going to let you down, they’re going to pitch up there and hold on to the ball and they’re going to be physical. We all know their threat at scrum time and their maul, especially when they get in your 22 and every time they do get an opportunity they tend to get points on the board.
“It’s going to be tough but it’s one of those challenges we all get excited for.
“We all want to play against Exeter; we all want to play against the best and as they’ve proven so far they’re very, very tough to beat, especially in the Premiership.”
Saracens know Exeter well, as Burger explained, and won their fourth Premiership title over Rob Baxter’s side in May.
It was a typically hardworking and resilient display from Mark McCall’s men at Twickenham and it’s that Wolfpack mentality that Burger says Sarries need to play with this weekend.
“It starts with us up front. You’ve got to get parity against them and that’s easier said than done.
“They’ll put a lot of pressure on us and it’s how we as a team put the pressure back on to them at home; we have to try and put them under pressure, take them out their comfort zone in various different areas.
“We’ve got to go down there and play with the energy, the commitment, the togetherness that Saracens are renowned for.”