Jan 16, 2019
Vunipola relishing Glasgow contest
Mako Vunipola put in a man-of-the-match performance on his 50th European appearance as Saracens overcame Lyon to secure progression to the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
The prop assisted Nick Tompkins and Jackson Wray’s first-half tries and cheekily tried to claim he set up the former’s second due to his part in the maul in a stellar 60 minutes.
The England international, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday, was oblivious to his milestone and says Sarries went back to basics to bounce back from defeat at Sale Sharks.
“I didn’t realise it was my 50th European appearance,” he said.
“That’s obviously nice but the biggest thing was the performance. The boys spoke about it in the week how tough it is to come away to Lyon so it’s very pleasing to put in a performance and even better to get a result.
“We just made it really basic. We said about remembering what we can do and having confidence in our game plan. We did that and it made it really simple for the boys so we could just fly into it and I thought for the most part we did.”
Saracens host Glasgow Warriors in their final pool match, a fixture which holds extra significance.
The Men in Black will secure a home tie in the last eight should they win against the Scottish outfit who are four points Mark McCall’s side.
“It’s obviously a tough challenge this weekend,” Vunipola said.
“Glasgow are an even bigger challenge now. We know how good a side they are having played them already so we’re under no illusions about the task in front of us. We’re looking forward to it.”
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