Dec 06, 2018
Europe is a different challenge - George
Jamie George says the returning internationals needed to perform against Wasps last weekend due to the standard of displays the squad had put in while they were away with their countries.
Seven out of nine who featured in the final weekend of the autumn internationals were in the squad for Dai Young’s side, with England hooker George crossing for an important second-half try.
Coming back from injury, Nick Isiekwe also dotted down following eight weeks on the sideline and he showed great awareness and determination to intercept an Elliot Daly pass to go over.
“The way the younger, inexperienced guys stepped up to the plate was inspiring for us,” George said.
“It almost put pressure on us coming back in because we needed to match what they’ve been doing over the past few weeks as they’ve been brilliant, so it was nice to keep the form going.”
On Isiekwe, he added: “If players could vote that would be try of the season!
“We speak about the extra five per cent and the way Nick chased after eight weeks off, I couldn’t be happier for him to get over the line.”
Sarries head into Heineken Champions Cup action on Sunday as Cardiff Blues visit Allianz Park (KO 13H00).
The Welsh outfit recorded an impressive win over Lyon on the road in Round 1 before suffering defeat to Glasgow Warriors, and George insists Saracens are in a ‘good place’ going into the contest.
“Europe is obviously a different challenge in itself,” he said.
“Cardiff are a good team; we’ve got a few guys coming back and a lot of guys challenging so that means the squad is in a good place.”
George and co take on Cardiff Blues at Allianz Park on Sunday in the Heineken Champions Cup. Watch them in action for the final time at home before Christmas Day! Click here for more information.