Jan 24, 2017
Saracens as 'hungry' as ever says Wray
Jackson Wray believes Saracens are as hungry as ever for success after their 10-3 defeat of European giants Toulon in an absorbing Champions Cup clash at a sold-out Allianz Park.
Wray produced arguably his finest performance in a Saracens jersey, with the 26-year old No8 picking up the Man of the Match award in a display that his director of rugby Mark McCall describes as Wray’s “coming of age performance”.
The bulldozing back-rower was a constant threat to Toulon, as he single handily took on the French side who included a star-studded back row of Argentine legend Juan Martin-Fernandez Lobbe and the Springbok duo of Juan Smith and Duane Vermeulen. In his 80 minute performance Wray carried on 18 occasion, making 83 metres as he punctured the Toulon defence on numerous occasions and was water-tight in defence making 12 tackles during the game.
Speaking after the game, Wray was keen to pass on any individual praise to his teammates and sounded out a warning to the rest of Europe, that as current holders of the Champions Cup, Saracens are as hungry as ever as they look to defend their title with the north Londoners due to face Glasgow Warriors in the last-eight of the tournament.
“As a squad, we’re just so hungry,” said Wray. “There’s guys who weren’t playing today but all of us just want to keep this momentum going, keep trying to improve and when the big part of the season comes around, we just want to be in the picture and in the mix. If we keep on improving, come back as a unit then we should be good.
“We knew it would be a massively physical battle and we fought and scrapped for everything. Not everything fell our way but we showed the fight and the hunger to stick in there.”
He added: “If we can take that kind of spirit going forward in this competition then we won’t go far wrong.”