May 20, 2017
Kruis Explains Value of Experience
George Kruis has emphasised the importance of experience ahead of Saracens’ Premiership semi-final trip to Sandy Park on Saturday.
The semi-final pits Sarries up against the Chiefs in the former’s eighth successive Premiership semi-final and the second rower explained what has bought the club to this point.
He said: “We’ve got here through the building of experience, it’s the will and want to carry on improving each year.
“We’ve got an understanding that if you stay where you are the year before then you’re going to get pipped so we just want to keep improving and pushing the boundaries of what we can do.
“I think it’s going to be a big game, they’ve won eight on the bounce and they’ve got a very good home record as well and they’re a very good team so it’ll be a decent challenge for us.”
The match sees a repeat of the 2016 final at Twickenham where the Chiefs fought to the very end in their first Premiership final but the Men in Black held out to claim their third title.
Kruis explained the value of experience, saying: “They’ve had a bit more time to prepare but we had the same situation last year and after having spoken about it as a group, we found it one of the tougher games of the season having to back it up.
“It’s a really good position to be in where we can learn from last year and we’ve got that experience as well as knowing the challenges that a week like this brings.”
He added: “It will be a decent challenge, it always is with Exeter as they’re a well-coached and well-prepared team.
“They know how to put you under pressure in places you don’t want to be but we’re an experienced group and we’ve played them twice already this year so it’ll be a fierce contest.”