Dec 11, 2018
We are in a good place - Vunipola
Mako Vunipola hit the ground running in a man-of-the-match display in Saracens’ 51-25 victory over Cardiff Blues on Sunday afternoon.
The England prop had missed the previous eight weeks of action due to a tear of his soleus muscle in his calf and returned with a bang, make 13 carries and 100 per cent of his tackles on a day he described as ‘alright’.
He completed 59 minutes in the win before being replaced and enjoyed being back in the mix.
“When you’re returning obviously you want to ease your way into it, but first game back is in Europe so it’s no easy games,” the 27-year-old said.
“You always have that awareness of the injury but once you’re in the game and the heat of it, it kind of goes out the window.
“There’s other stuff obviously, the scrummaging you can train all you want but it’s very hard to get game intensity so I was very happy with the set-piece, that was probably my main focus and I was very happy to get the set-piece off to a good start, and the other thing is the physicality of the game.
“It was good to get back into it – it is going to take a few games to get back to match fitness.”
Despite putting 51 points on Cardiff, who Sarries travel to face in Round 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup pool matches on Saturday, Vunipola, amongst others, insists the Men in Black still have more to give.
Mark McCall’s men were behind by five at half-time at Allianz Park and Vunipola says they need to show the same level of performance produced in the second half for the whole 80.
“We are in a good place. We are happy with the results, but the more important thing for us is consistency.
“Every now and then we dip out of games, for 10 minutes we will be on it in attack or defence. When it comes to bigger games, we can’t play half a game against the best sides. That is something we need to work out, which is an exciting thing.
“Results are going well but we are excited at how far we can take it.”