Jun 04, 2019
Kruis delighted to make history
No English side had ever won the European and domestic double before Saracens’ win in the Gallagher Premiership final over Exeter Chiefs.
Mark McCall’s men won all nine matches on their way to their third Heineken Champions Cup triumph in four seasons and added their second trophy of the campaign with a 37-34 scoreline at Twickenham.
“It’s history isn’t it?” lock George Kruis said.
“It’s something no one else has done before so we’re very, very happy. We’re a hungry bunch so hopefully that’ll lead to more.”
Kruis was monstrous against a physical Chiefs outfit who led 27-16 with 18 minutes left to play in the final.
But tries from Liam Williams, Sean Maitland and Jamie George – his second of the match – turned things around for the back-to-back champions.
“It was a proper up and down game,” Kruis said.
“It took a lot to come back at the end. We stopped sulking, knocking on balls and started playing a bit of rugby towards the end and that’s proper credit to what we are as a team.
“We talked about having a couple of choices to make. Their second to last try made the decision for us to be fully in for the final 15-20 minutes. For us it was about dropping everything and giving it a good go.
“It’s a tight squad and a lot of players have been around for a good amount of time which makes it all that sweeter.”