Jan 31, 2018
Nick Tompkins: "We Can Keep Pushing"
Nick Tompkins says that he has enjoyed the opportunity for he and his Saracens teammates to express themselves in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season.
Sarries know that a win over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday could see them into the Semi-Finals of a competition they last won in 2014. However, Tompkins says that even if they don't go through it will have been an enjoyable experience for the team, he said:
"For this group of players and this team it's been really enjoyable because we're all very close as a team and as players. It's been nice for all of us to get out there and express ourselves.
"It was really nice to get that win over Dragons, I feel we deserved it given the performance we put in and we can keep building from that.
"It's exciting now to try and push on from that and whatever comes against Exeter, whether we progress or not it is what it is. For us, it's been a fun journey and it's nice because within it you learn a lot about yourself and your teammates.
"We can keep pushing, it's exciting to see some of these younger players, how talented they are and what they have to offer."
Tompkins was on the scoresheet in Saturday's win over the Dragons, scoring a great try from a long way out to help the hosts on the way to a victory which keeps his side's hopes of making the Semi-Finals alive.
Speaking of the try he said: "I thought I was going to get caught, it was a bit of strange one. I've never really scored a try like that and I got to open my legs out a bit, it was nice to celebrate in with the team and the Allianz Park crowd."
Premiership holders Exeter sit five-points behind Wasps in their Pool and also know that only a win will be sufficient for them to have a chance of making the Semi-Finals; Tompkins explained his excitement at the chance to face the Chiefs in an important match for both sides,
He explained: "Sandy Park is an amazing place to play and Exeter are an amazing team to play, the crowd is always behind their team and always get stuck in.
"It's such a good experience for all of us to go down and experience that and see if we can take that pressure from the crowd then just stay on top of what we do.
"It's going to be such a good game to be involved in, I know a couple of the Exeter boys and they're excited. It's nice to get an opportunity to play against that level of opposition and that's the kind of experience we all need."