Nov 30, 2017
Kruis Looking Forward to 'Tasty' Rival Clash
George Kruis has backed himself and his Saracens teammates to return to their best this weekend as they travel to the Stoop to face Harlequins.
The Men in Black currently sit second in the Premiership table and face a side who are in eighth place and have lost back-to-back matches in the Premiership.
The last time the sides met each other in the league was on Derby Day in April, Sarries emerged the victors on that occasion and it’s not a rivalry that is lost on George Kruis and his teammates.
The 27-year-old explained: “It’s a tasty rivalry with Quins, there’s never been too much love lost I’d say; but it’s about not getting that mixed up with emotions, it’s about bringing that intensity but doing it with the right control.
“We’ve always had some big fights of games, to be fair they’ve turned us over a couple of times down at their place when we’ve gone there a little too confident and got that emotion a little bit wrong.
“One year we laid back a little bit and another year we went a bit too overboard; they don’t have a lot of love for us either to be honest."
Following his role in England's first autumn international against Argentina, Kruis returned to the Sarries squad to play a part in two strong performances against Exeter and at blindside against Gloucester, talking about those games and what the group gains going forward, he said:
“We lost two games by not a lot, doing well in the first half before dropping off a little in the second, It’s a great challenge for us as a club to be in those situations, it’s not like we haven’t been there before when internationals leave and you get a few injuries in that period.
“We’ve been in those situations before and it’s all about taking what you can from them and trying to present yourself as best as possible.
“If you look at who we’re playing over the coming period, we’re very much focused on Quins this week firstly but there are some big games to look forward to.”
He added: “Clermont is the biggest game there is from the perspective of the away game, the fans are unbelievable and it’s everything you wanted to play rugby for when you were younger.
“To be playing in front of a packed stadium full of fierce French fans shouting at you, it’s the one to go away to.”