Jan 11, 2019
Vunipola building up confidence
Billy Vunipola is raring to go after returning from injury last weekend.
The Number 8 completed 80 minutes and scored a try against Sale Sharks following three months out with a broken arm.
He admitted he was slightly tentative in his playing style at the AJ Bell but is hoping that is behind him heading into Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup fixture with Lyon.
Vunipola said: “I’ve been training for a few weeks now so to finally get out there and play was awesome, but I’ve done a few of these now recently so this is probably the most anxious I’ve been. That probably showed at Sale; hopefully this weekend I can be better.
“I’m just starting to build up that confidence again in everything I do, even the small things like using my arms to get up off the ground.
“Once you’ve gone through a few injuries it can play on your mind so I’m hoping this week I can get closer to my best.”
Saracens put Lyon to the sword at Allianz Park in October but the French outfit have an impressive home record.
In the Top 14, Les Loups are unbeaten at Stade de Gerland and Vunipola insists Sarries need to be fully focused to secure victory.
“This week is about trying to focus on the job in hand which is to beat a good Lyon team away on their own patch,” he said.
“That is always hard with French teams as they take a lot of pride in their home ground so I guess we don’t need much more motivation than that.
“Maybe if we kid ourselves and think that we’ll be okay if we just think about ourselves we’re likely to slip up. We need to turn out with the right attitude and that’s from everyone, and focus on our jobs at hand, but also be ready for a scrap.”