Saracens - Koch expects Test-like contest

Oct 12, 2018

Koch expects Test-like contest

Vincent Koch is expecting a Test-standard match when Saracens head to Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Champions Cup on Sunday.

The South African returns to the Sarries side having spent three weeks with the Springboks, earning his 10th cap for his country against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

Twenty six of the 30 players taking the field from the start at Scotstoun are full internationals with over 680 caps between them and with a vociferous home crowd too, Koch is relishing the contest.

He said: “In Northern Hemisphere rugby, especially when it comes to Europe, you always get a lot of internationals. 

“I think it does get close to international rugby, especially with Saracens having so many internationals it does sometimes feel like an international setup and Glasgow probably feel the same. 

“The rugby is going to be really good and the physical battle in the forwards and in the contact will be massive and similar to international rugby.”

“We can expect an international battle and a Test-kind of atmosphere which is what every player looks forward to.”

Koch missed two Gallagher Premiership fixtures whilst away with South Africa, both of which Sarries won.

The 28-year-old was pleased to be back at the training ground following a prolonged period away and says his transition back to a club environment was seamless.

“Coming back I’ve just slotted in easily again.

“The relationships I’ve built since I’ve been here made it easy; Saracens feels like home. I see this as my home and it’s just easy to come back to friendly faces but also a professional group of coaches and players. 

“It’s a nice, easy environment to be in and I think that helps me as a rugby player as well as they take a lot of pressure away.”

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