Erasmus admires in-form Saracens

Date published: April 4 2017

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says Saracens have a “winning culture” as he prepares for their Champions Cup semi-final.

The Aviva Stadium meeting on April 22 is a mouth-watering affair as Munster look to halt Saracens’ 16-match run without defeat in Europe.

Erasmus of course has admiration for the club, admitting: “Saracens bring composure, ability to handle the big stage, a winning culture and they have world-class players – something you would expect from double champions in Europe and the Premiership,” he told the Irish media.

“They are obviously well-established and we will be going in there against a team to who a semi-final wouldn’t be something new. They have great players and great coaches, but our biggest challenge will be to try and match their experience in situations like this.

“You can never just make that up, you must find ways through it. Maybe we are adapting quicker than we thought we would to the way we want to play, but you can’t catch up on six or seven years just like that.

“I realise they’ll have the edge on us in experience, but we’re playing in Ireland and that will even out things.”