Monkey off Burgess’ back

Date published: January 11 2015

Try-scoring centre Sam Burgess was pleased to “get the monkey off the back” after he crossed in victory over Wasps at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

The 39-26 triumph saw the rugby league convert score just after half-time as Bath close the gap on Northampton at the summit to one point.

And he was happy to do so, sighting growing confidence when speaking at full-time.

“It was good,” Burgess told Press Association Sport after the Premiership win.

“I am kind of glad to get the monkey off the back.

“I was happy to get over for the try. George (Ford) found me with a great pass, and I managed to slide over.

“I am improving week to week, and enjoying a bit more time on the field. Overall, I am happy with the way things are going, and there are things to work on, as always.

“We got some clean ball today, and I got my hands on the ball, which I enjoyed.

“I am used to the pressure. I came from quite a high pressure environment in Australia, and I am learning the game week by week, but pressure is fine. I kind of knew that would be the case.

“It’s pressure in a game that I don’t really know as well as the one I have come from, but all the time I am confident that I will learn.”

Meanwhile, Bath head coach Mike Ford was delighted with his inside centre’s performance alongside Jonathan Joseph as his team picked up the vital win.

“Sam played his best game and he is definitely on the right track,” Ford said.

“We did some good stuff. It wasn’t all correct, it wasn’t all pretty, but we looked in control and I was pleased with our attacking structure throughout.

“We are still only scratching the surface with this team. It’s exciting because we know we can get so much better.”