Feb 01, 2018
Max Malins: "We've got to Create Energy from within"
Max Malins says that he is enjoying playing in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this campaign and that it is a great experience to play in high-pressure games like this weekend's clash with Exeter at Sandy Park.
Malins started in last week's win over the Dragons and was instrumental in the 40-21 victory, helping set-up Rotimi Segun's opener with a brilliant dummy. The 20-year-old has been ever-present in Sarries' Anglo-Welsh campaign thus far and praised the experience.
He said: "I've really enjoyed it, last week was great for us to get a win; obviously the first two rounds of the Anglo-Welsh Cup we were disappointed with.
"Last week's result has brought a lot of positivity, there's a lot of energy within the group and I'm quite enjoying my leadership role with the backs, it's a tight unit and it's easy to get on with everyone."
The Men in Black, led by Adam Powell, need a win in Saturday's match to stand a chance of progressing to the Semi-Finals and Malins says that the challenge of playing in a game with qualification at stake will be a good experience.
"It's massive, it's a great platform for us young guys to kick on and get ourselves into the first-team on a more regular basis, it's valuable game-time for us." He explained.
"From my point of view it's great to play in these high-pressure games. We have to win to have a chance of getting through, so I'll have to be good with my game management.
"There's a lot of learning that goes on in these Anglo-Welsh Cup windows, it enables us to kick on and develop, especially us young guys."
Sarries travel to Sandy Park to face the Premiership champions who will also need a bonus-point victory should they want to stand any chance of usurping Wasps at the top of their pool.
The visitors currently sit third in their pool, level on points with Worcester and four-points short of Northampton. In the build-up to the game, Malins explained how Saracens need to play in order to get a positive result, he said:
"I think the main thing is that we've got to create the energy from within our own group. At Exeter the crowd is going to be on our backs so we need to create energy through our small-talk.
"We need to get good defensive sets as well as being accurate in everything that we do, the odds are going to be against us but I think we're really looking forward to it and hopefully we can put in a good performance."
Malins gained his first Premiership start against Exeter in November and is gaining in experience this term. Being a successful graduate of the Saracens academy, he went on to describe just how important these senior experiences are for young players.
"You play these games to gain as much experience as possible, that start against Exeter taught me a lot, they're a big physical team and it'll be a hard game but it's crucial for us to get these experiences and be able to kick on."