Apr 14, 2017
Stand-in Skipper Jamie George looks ahead to Saints test
Saracens travel to Milton Keynes on Sunday to face Northampton Saints at the Stadium MK with hooker Jamie George set to captain the side.
The Men in Black will also be handing starts to Duncan Taylor, his 100th for the club, and Nick Isiekwe on what will be his Premiership debut. Speaking in the week, George revealed his thoughts on the two men ahead of milestone appearances:
He said, “There’s Duncan Taylor’s 100th game, he’s been incredible in pretty much every game he’s played for Saracens and we’re hoping to put on a good show for him as well.”
“There’s also Nick Isiekewe’s first Premiership start, he’s 18-years-old and physically he’s a bit of a freak so I’m very excited to see him out there.”
Northampton are currently seventh in the Aviva Premiership and are chasing Champions Cup rugby for next season and the 25-year-old hooker says Saracens are ready for the challenge that will be posed by Saints:
“Whenever you play against Northampton their set-piece is always something that they pride themselves on.”. He explained, “They have a big scrum-threat and love to maul as well. They can maul all the way up the pitch from their exits and into your 22’.
“I think another big threat of theirs is how effective they are when they get into your 22’. I think they’re top of the stats in terms of conversion rates of points when they get into your 22’.
“We’re aware of that threat and think the most important thing is to manage that field position and make sure we stay on top of the set-piece.”
Northampton hosted Sarries for the first time at Stadium MK back in 2015 and George expressed his excitement at the prospect of heading back to the 30,000-seater former World Cup venue:
“It’s a very exciting prospect; the stadium’s a good one, the pitch is always in good condition and no matter how many Saints fans there are, they’re always loud so I’m expecting a good atmosphere and hopefully we can get some noise from the Sarries fans as well.”
By Will Freeman