Jan 26, 2015
Set-piece display pleases George
Jamie George believes Saracens can take away a lot of positives from their frustrating 18-6 defeat away to ASM Clermont Auvergne.
The 24-year old hooker was at the heart of another impressive forwards display, with Saracens scrum a particular highlight in a tight contest that the powerful French league leaders edged at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.
Speaking after the game, George said: “It was very tough out there. It was a heavy pitch, there were a lot of set-pieces but I thought we were quite dominant up front, but we maybe let that slip towards the end of the game which is a little disappointing. They’ve got really big players, so we had to front up physically today and I thought we did that really well, but it was a tough one to lose.”
Despite their defeat in Clermont-Ferrand, Saracens progressed into the last eight as the third best runners up to set up an away quarter final against Parisian side Racing Metro 92.
On his side’s progression into the last eight, George added: “It was our objective at the beginning of the season (to progress into the last eight) like last year we had Ulster away having finished eighth in the rankings.
“It’s a great achievement to have come through a really tough Pool full of quality sides. We’ve got to look to push on from here now, we’ve got a really tough test back here in France against Racing and we’ll have to put in a better performance in the quarter finals than what we showed today.”
He added: “Any experience of going away and winning in tough places is a big bonus for us. We have to draw on those experiences and look to put them in place when we face Racing in April.”