Apr 17, 2019
We have to be at our best - George
Jamie George knows what it takes to be successful in the Heineken Champions Cup.
The hooker came off the bench as Saracens won their first ever European title in 2016 and started in the 2017 final as the Men in Black retained the trophy.
On their way to their second triumph, Sarries were at their brilliant best to defeat Munster in the semi-finals and George says they will need to be at that level again to progression to this year’s final at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
“We've had a really good week in terms of our meetings and preparations as well,” he said.
"We know what rides on this game but we know we have to beat some very good teams along the way and Munster are certainly one of those.
"We know that we will have to be at our best to beat Munster on Saturday and that will be our focus. If we get to our best, then we will be there or thereabouts".
Last season, Saracens were stopped in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Leinster.
From that moment on, Mark McCall’s side were relentless in their pursuit of the Premiership crown and George believes the loss ‘galvanised us’.
"Sometimes when you lose games you learn a huge amount about yourselves, and we realised that last year - and at the beginning of that year - that we weren't at our best at all, that we were actually quite a long way off that.
"That became apparent in that Leinster game, but that galvanised us and made us closer, and certainly a better squad on the back of it.
"We were made aware of what it took to be the best in Europe and we then took that into the domestic competition.”