Mar 29, 2018
It doesn’t get much bigger - Maitland
Sean Maitland is relishing the opportunity to play the top seed from the Champions Cup pool stage in their back garden.
After claiming eighth qualifying spot at the last, Saracens were paired with Leinster in the quarter-finals of the European competition.
Sunday’s match presents another chance for Maitland and the rest of the squad to play in front of a 50,000-strong crowd and the Scotland international is raring to go.
“The rugby gods decided to look after us that last weekend,” he told Saracens.com.
“I had chatted to a few of the Glasgow boys and they fancied themselves against Exeter so that was the first time I thought we had a chance; we just needed a couple more results to go our way.
“To squeeze into eighth and play top seed Leinster is super exciting and it doesn’t get much bigger than that.
“We have good memories at the Aviva Stadium against Munster with 50,000 of their fans cheering against us and it’s going to be the same – a sea of blue this time – and it’s a great one to be a part of.”
Maitland returned to Sarries last week following a successful personal campaign with Scotland in the Six Nations.
The New Zealand-born wing scored three tries for the Scots before starring in Saracens’ win over Harlequins.
“I’m feeling confident in my ability,” he said.
“It was a good Six Nations for Scotland and myself, I got a lot of game time. I’m glad I’m injury free, playing a lot and I’m just going to go out there on Sunday and express myself.”