Feb 26, 2013
Smit calls for more of the same against Welsh
Saracens face London Welsh at Allianz Park on Sunday and hooker John Smit has called on the team to build in the second half performance at Leicester Tigers.
Saracens fought back from 17-3 down at Welford Road to not only win the game, but also claim a bonus point and it is those battling qualities that Smit believes will stand his side in good stead for the remainder of the season.
“Backing up from last weekend, we need to take our second half performance into the game against London Welsh at Allianz Park,” he explained.
“London Welsh are a team who weren’t easy opponents away from home earlier this season, and we are going to have to take the good form we’ve had over the last couple of weeks and use that to the best of our ability this Sunday.”
Smit also paid tribute to those who have come into the team in recent weeks with a number of the squad away on international duty.
“This will always been one of the trickiest times of the season for any team, when players are absent with the Six Nations, and you know it’s a tell tale sign of a good team when the squad is operating well and the guys who get to come in continue the good form of the club.”
He added: “There’s a big responsibility for those who are playing in the Saracens shirt while the internationals are away with their respective countries, and I think in their time away, there have been some really good signs from those who have played. It’s getting close to the business end of the season, so it’s a good time for us to be playing good rugby and getting good wins like Leicester away which is a massive result. There’s a long way to go, but it’s a good time to be playing well.”