Jamie George: Saracens must plug gaps for Premiership Final

Will Macpherson
'Lessons to learn': Jamie George: Getty Images

Going into Saturday’s Premiership semi-final against Wasps, Saracens’ focus was on starting the game with a bang.

They had finished the regular season brilliantly but mainly because of their work in the second-half. In the past four games, they scored 149 unanswered second-half points, including 22 tries. As Jamie George explained: “We’ve been having slow starts, easing our way in. It’s been close at half-time, then we’ve turned it on.”

That focus paid off on Saturday. In the second minute, Owen Farrell, who amassed a play-off record 27 points, jinked between two forwards and released Alex Lozowski to score. Ten minutes later, Vincent Koch bundled over.

But even in a brilliant victory in which Sarries scored 57 points and six tries, they have work to do in defence ahead of Saturday’s final against Exeter. Wasps crossed five times and, according to the official count, Saracens missed 20 tackles.

“There’s a lot to fix up,” added George. “We have a lot of lessons to learn. The coaches are brilliant at that, the way they analyse the game.”

Meanwhile, Billy Vunipola, who left the field at half-time with a tight hamstring, is expected to be fit for the final.