Apr 17, 2017
Returnee Kruis full of praise for Sarries young guns
George Kruis made his return from injury on Sunday as Saracens beat Northampton Saints 25-27 at Stadium MK.
Kruis had not played for Sarries since Christmas Eve after suffering a knee injury. The lock was instrumental as his side fought back from 13-points down to beat Northampton thanks to tries from Chris Ashton and Marcelo Bosch and a brilliant last gasp conversion from Man of the Match Alex Lozowski.
Speaking after the game, Kruis told of his side’s spirit and the need to adapt while out on the pitch, saying:
“When I was out I still did lots of work with the younger guys, trying to keep my input in as much as possible.
“We must change and adapt what we do on the field and probably did it a tiny bit late today but it’s a good learning curve against a good team with as strong a line-out as Northampton is great for us.
“Across the board, Alex Lozowski coming in and getting Man of the Match, he’s a top-class player. When you build a culture it’s important that you back it up on the field and I thought we did that.”
The 26-year-old also spoke about his return from injury, thanking Saracens staff for his full-recovery, explaining:
“It’s always frustrating, but to be honest I’m in a very good environment to be frustrated. We’ve got a great medical team, our strength and conditioning team of Richard Bamford and Andy Edwards has been unbelievable to have put up with me a lot, they’ve been top-drawer recently.”
He added: “I know there’s a lot going around about Lions selection but I’ve had such a long year with injury, I just want to get back to playing. The only thing on my mind is just to enjoy playing rugby. It’s our job, the training is great but playing is what we all want to be doing."
Partnering Kruis in the second-row was Nick Isiekwe, who was making his Saracens Premiership debut and he was full of praise for the teenager:
“What impressed us the most from today was how we had 9 changes from last week’s team with people like Nick Isiekwe coming in. He’s 18, a fresh second-row and he stepped up, making some big hits and really impressing.”
By Will Freeman