Jan 18, 2019
I'm in a really good place - Tompkins
Nick Tompkins is in fine form for Saracens at the moment and has three tries to his name in 2019.
The outside centre has started the Men in Black’s past five matches and that will become six when he runs out for the Heineken Champions Cup pool decider against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday (KO 13H00).
Former England Under-20 international Tompkins has received praise from Director of Rugby Mark McCall and several teammates of late, and insists regular game time has helped him grow in confidence.
“It’s nice to have got as much game time as I have and I’ve been fortunate to keep that momentum going,” he said.
“With these games what comes with experience is confidence and it makes it a lot easier to slot in and know what the boys are doing and get a feel for things around you.
“If you want to be at the best club, if you want to play at the best club then you’ve got to be the best player you can and have to really bide your time and work at your trade.
“These are the things that I had to do. I had to go through a bit of a learning curve, I’m still learning obviously, but it’s been a good and steep one in a positive way. You have to try and be patient which is really difficult as you come from playing a lot when you’re younger to suddenly being behind these guys and you have to suddenly learn what it’s all about.
Tompkins continued: “The people around me here have been really helpful, whether I’ve needed an arm around me or a stern talking to it’s always been there.
“I’m in a really good place and I’m really fortunate with where I’m at. My goal is to always be here, to play here and be the best I can and do the best I can for the team.
“Usually if you’re starting for Sarries then you’re in a good place and I just want to keep trying to reinforce what I’m doing and push the other lads around me.”
A win for Saracens on Saturday would secure Mark McCall’s a home quarter-final on the final weekend of March.
The reverse fixture at Glasgow was tightly contested battle and Tompkins is relishing a similar contest at place he most enjoys playing his rugby.
“It’s going to be a really tough game. They’re going to come down and play a little bit so it’ll be really interesting to see how we can battle that and how we can take it them.
“I love playing at Allianz Park, it’s a great place to play. I’ve grown up playing here and watching the lads when I was younger so I’m excited for this weekend.”