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Saracens have yet to start firing on all cylinders, insists George

By Duncan Bech

Jamie George insists Saracens, led by Ulsterman Mark McCall, are still well short of hitting top gear after a 56-27 Champions Cup victory over Glasgow kept their double hopes alive.

McCall's men continue to serve as England's solitary standard bearers in Europe after amassing seven tries to book a semi-final against Munster at the Ricoh Arena on April 20.

And while odds-on favourites to retain their Premiership crown, George insists they have yet to fire on all cylinders.

"At the beginning of the season, we were all fully aware of what we wanted to achieve," the England hooker said. "I think we are quite a long way off where we need to be, which is disappointing but exciting at the same time.

"We want to guarantee a home semi in the Premiership, so our aim is to go unbeaten for the rest of the season."

Saracens have prevailed on three of their last four meetings with Munster, the most recent of those wins a 26-10 semi-final drubbing in Dublin in 2017.

"Munster will fight for everything. They are well coached and well drilled, have good players and they're a tough team to break down," George said. "We always know we'll have to be at our best to beat them."

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