Feb 26, 2018
Malins pleased with ‘vital minutes’
Max Malins says he is gaining great experience in Saracens’ game day squad while others are absent due to international duty.
The 20-year-old came off the bench in the home defeat to Leicester Tigers, scoring two tries as the Men in Black narrowly missed out on a losing bonus point.
The scores were the academy product’s second and third in his last two outings at Allianz Park and he hopes it will stand him in good stead for the remainder of the campaign.
Malins told Saracens.com: “This is a great phase for me with Owen (Farrell) away and other people away. I’m really pleased to be getting these vital little minutes.
“It gives us young guys the opportunity to get some good game time and it’s all about experience for us, getting in and around it; that goes for myself, Tom Whiteley and Rotimi (Segun) who made his debut.
“It’s a great experience for me and great learning, enabling me to develop by being up close and personal to the game.
“We’re all getting opportunities and it’s up to us to take them to be involved in other games in the near future.”
Despite Malins’ impressive second-half display, Saracens couldn’t quite make up the 15-point half-time deficit.
Mark McCall’s men have the chance to make amend in a huge match against top of the table Exeter Chiefs, a game that is already on the minds of the squad.
“I got two tries but obviously we’re disappointed with the loss,” Malins said.
“We were a bit slow out the blocks. We talked about our intensity being a bit off; we had a lot to do in the second half and I don’t think we did too badly but a slow start got Leicester on the front foot and inevitably won them the game.
“Hopefully we can kick on next week, go down to Exeter and get a good win down there.”