Premiership - Saracens target silverware after New York inspiration

After a trip to the Big Apple, Jamie George is determined to see Saracens reap the fruits of their labours as the Aviva Premiership reaches the business end.

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Premiership - Saracens target silverware after New York inspiration
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Following last weekend's impressive win over Harlequins at Wembley, Saracens embarked one of their now famous team-bonding trips, this time to New York.

It was a fine way to celebrate moving back to the top of the Aviva Premiership table, capitalising on Northampton Saints' slip-up at Sale Sharks.

Victory away to London Wasps this weekend would see Sarries edge ever closer to a home semi-final: with just five games to go they are currently 13 points ahead of third-placed Bath Rugby.

Hooker George knows better than to get carried away however. Last season Sarries were well primed at this time of year but ended up losing at the semi-final stage in both the Aviva Premiership and the European Cup.

And the 23-year-old is determined to avoid a similar fate this time around, revealing the trip to New York will give Saracens just the boost they need.

He said: "We went to New York after a win at Wembley, it doesn't really get much better than that does it?

"Obviously you're in a place like that and you do all the things you'd imagine but these trips are an important part of our bonding and we met all the objectives we wanted to.

"We're not getting carried away at all, we remember last season. But as a group we feel that we're in a much better place compared to then.

"We enjoy being top of the league and that's where we want to finish as we look to get some silverware this season."

With a squad brimming with international stars - Mark McCall has dropped Owen Farrell to the bench with the clash with Wasps and called on all-time Premiership top-scorer Charlie Hodgson - Saracens have employed a rotation policy this season.

And nowhere is it more evident than at hooker. George has started eight Premiership matches and come of the bench the same number of times as he shares the No.2 shirt with Schalk Brits.

And George believes it is paying dividends.

"Squad rotation is working well for us, and for me on a personal level," added George. "I've been happy with the amount of game time and with how I've played.

"Schalk is obviously a fantastic hooker, world class, so be able to share the role with him is fantastic, it's an honour to learn from someone like that, as well as John Smit when he was here.

"It keeps you fresh but at the same time you do get a bit of a run in the team and it�s working really well for me."

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