Dec 20, 2013
Sarries relishing Tigers challenge says Kruis
Saracens lock-forward George Kruis believes Saracens are hitting top form as they prepare to face Leicester Tigers this Saturday at a sold-out Allianz Park, writes Henry Fraser.
"There's a good feeling in the camp for Saturday" said Kruis
"Coming off the back of two good wins in the Heineken cup and everyone’s pretty positive. We know it will be a level up from last week but prepared very well this week. It's obviously nice to beat a team by 50 points like last week but I think everyone really plays for those close intense games between two real rivals.
"The teams' form has been amazing. Although we have had a few injuries to some very good players the depth in our squad has allowed us to maintain the form we had at the beginning of the season and even improve on it with some awesome performances recently in all areas of the game. Personally I feel I am playing alright, with the rotational policy we have at Saracens and some on and off injuries to the second rows I feel I have had enough game time to get some consistency within my game."
On facing the Tigers this weekend, Kruis has predicted a battle up front as two of the Premierships finest packs do battle.
"Tigers traditionally have all been about the set piece and physicality so it’s massively important that we front up in these two areas, having said that we are both very evenly matched sides so I guess it comes down to the small details" he said.
"Although it doesn’t directly result in any silverware, I think the game is a huge indicator of where the teams at half way through the season. Its always nice to win big games like this."
With Sarries currently loving life in their own home, and this season looking like it could be the closest for a while, home wins are key. Kruis is enjoying it Allianz Park and feels their new home advantage is vital.
"At the beginning of the season we talked about making Allianz Park our fortress. I think since last years loss against Saints we have managed to do and hopefully we can continue that form this weekend.
"The difference from playing at Vicarage Road to playing at Allianz Park is massive. I guess having our own stadium which we can fill out and really call our home ground makes all the difference and in tight games like the one on Saturday it could be the difference between winning and losing
"It will obviously be a huge occasion with tickets already sold out it should be a great atmosphere and a great game" Kruis added.