Saracens hooker Jamie George believes that his side’s unbeaten run in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup is “a statement of intent” as they bid to claim a third European crown in four seasons.
The 2016 and 2017 winners enjoyed a flawless Pool 3 campaign and made it seven wins from as many European matches this season by defeating pool stage rivals Glasgow Warriors for the third time last weekend in a 56-27 quarter-final victory.
And the British and Irish Lion, the Heineken Man of the Match at Allianz Park last weekend, highlighted the English club’s ambition to remain unbeaten for the rest of the campaign.
“Our aim, without doubt, is to go unbeaten for the rest of the season, because to achieve what we want to achieve, that is what we’ll need to do,” George told Saracens’ website.
“At the beginning of the season we’re fully aware of what we want to do and we are still aware of it at this stage of the season.
“At the start of the year we said we want to be one of the best teams in Europe, consistently. It was pretty clear we wanted to have a real good crack at this. To be the only unbeaten team in the tournament is a statement of intent.”
George feels that Saracens and Munster Rugby – who meet in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals on April 20 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena – should provide an entertaining match.
“They will fight for everything,” added the 28-year-old England forward. “They are well coached, well drilled and they’re a tough team to break down, so it’s going to be a good contest.
“If you look at Munster and us, we value the same things as a team and as a club – that’s why it’s going to be a good contest.”
- You can watch Saracens v Munster Rugby on April 20 from the Ricoh Arena, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.