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Burger happy for Saracens to pass under the radar

Jacques Burger admits Saracens are not feeling the pressure at all so far this Aviva Premiership Rugby season, as they prepare to take on Gloucester Rugby this evening.

Saracens sit third in the table and face Gloucester having won eight of their last nine contests with the Cherry & Whites.

They have won their last five games on the bounce in all competitions since round 9’s reverse to Exeter Chiefs, and Burger insists their opposition of late have paid the price for not taking Sarries seriously.

“I don’t think there’s much focus on us anymore,” said the 31-year-old Namibian.

“Last year and the year before that it felt like there were a lot of people gunning for us, and lot of people focusing both positive and negative comments at us.

“But this season it feels like we are in the background a little more doing our thing, and to just be able to crack on suits us perfectly.

“We are just getting on with what we want to be doing, and playing some good rugby now to get in a good spot.

“We have learnt how to deal with that pressure, but I think when the pressure is slightly off people are not taking us as seriously as they should – which is a good thing as those people will get stung.

“If you’re top people go for you, like Northampton Saints now. They are playing great rugby, and are deservedly top at the moment.”

Despite a small blip at the end of November, where Saracens lost two consecutive Aviva Premiership Rugby matches to rivals Northampton and Exeter, Burger’s side are still well in contention at the summit of the table.

And the fearless flanker is adamant that Sarries are only going to get better from here on out.

He added: “Not a lot has changed since that poor patch, but when things are going wrong you do have to sort it, so there were a couple of aspects of our game we had to put right.

“That took time and hard work, running our systems over and over again, and now as individuals and as a team we are getting better and better.

“At the moment for us it’s all about treating every game the same way, going out there and doing what we know how to do.

“We can’t have a pick-and-choose mentality where we choose who we’re going to smash, and who we’re not going to smash.

“It doesn’t matter if we are playing top of bottom of the league; we need to bring our A-game every week and do the job.”

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