George Furbank has said that it was an honour to lead his side out in the finals of the Singha Sevens Series at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena this afternoon.
The Saints lost to Exeter Chiefs in the quarter final before being defeated by Cardiff Blues in the Plate semi final with a number of last week’s squad unavailable due to pre-season training commitments.
Speaking to SaintsTV, Furbank said: “Showing the boys the way is always an honour.
“It’s nice to lead the boys out and it’s an honour leading any Northampton Saints side out.
“I just stuck to my own game, and obviously I had to try and rally the troops a bit before, but nothing really changed (in terms of my preparation).”
Despite the responsibility of captaining the side, Furbank went on to say that he felt more comfortable than he did last week and that he enjoyed playing in front of a big crowd.
“I was nervous at Franklin’s Gardens with it being at home, and being in front of the home crowd, but today I felt a bit more comfortable. Once you’re out there it’s nice to play in front of a big crowd and good atmosphere but you don’t tend to recognise it when you’re on the pitch.”
In their first match against Exeter Chiefs the Saints came up against an experienced side which included winger Matt Jess, with Furbank saying it was great to play against such players.
“It’s good experience playing against experienced guys; they’ve obviously got experience in the Premiership. They’re really strong players and they showed us what they can do. They put us to the sword and credit to them; they’re a strong side and we struggled at times.”