Dec 16, 2017
Jamie George: "We're in a Really Good Place Now"
Saracens’ Jamie George says that he is very pleased with the work done in training as he and his teammates prepare to face Clermont on Sunday.
The Men in Black have the chance to reclaim top spot in Pool 2 as they travel to Stade Marcel Michelin to face the French Champions.
George, who started in defeat against the French side on Monday evening at Allianz Park, says that he and his teammates have learned a lot and the 27-year-old says that he is proud of the way the team has responded in on the training field:
“It’s been good this week; it was tough to take on Monday night and most of Tuesday but we’ve had a couple of days off and had a bit of a team get together to have a chat about things.
“The way that we trained today was good and we were on a roll. I think that we’ve definitely taken a huge step in the right direction this week and we can go in with a lot of confidence heading into Sunday.
He added: “We came in on Wednesday, had a few good meetings and fixed some things on the field; there’s nothing huge that we have to fix, just a couple of little things that were re-occurring so hopefully we can get that right.”
The England and Lions international hooker also explained how the team has responded this week and has found solutions to problems.
He said: “We’ve cleared the air with what we needed to get right on the field and have come away with solutions and are going to try and put that out on the field; the way that we’ve trained gives me a huge amount of confidence.
“People have individually had a good look at the Clermont game, had a good look at themselves and come out of it wanting to get better because we care about the club and want this club to be successful.
“I’m really happy with how everyone’s responded and I think that we’re in a really good place now.”
George also emphasised the need for the squad not to be making excuses for the current run of form and says that he believes in the quality of the Sarries squad.
He explained: “We can’t rely on injuries as an excuse, if you look around the squad there’s not too many clubs that when you lose a player like Richard Wigglesworth he can be replaced by ben Spencer, who is one of the best scrum-halves in the country at the moment.
“You’re always going to miss players like Billy (Vunipola) and Maro (Itoje) because they’re the best players in the world but the guys that are in the squad, I’ve got every confidence in them.
“For example, Billy’s replaced by Jackson (Wray) who’s started three Premiership finals and won two Champions Cups”, adding, “Obviously we miss those guys but the team we’re putting out is a pretty good one.”