Mar 08, 2015
Goode praises 'awesome' Saracens
Alex Goode hailed his side’s “awesome performance” after Saracens scored 23 unanswered points to beat Wasps 26-17 away to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.
Saracens were at their abrasive best in the two try win, with Alex Goode, alongside England teammate Richard Wigglesworth, conducting proceedings expertly behind a superb pack of Sarries forwards.
Saracens were under pressure from Dai Young's in-form side, and after 15 minutes they were 17-3 down after two quick fire tries from Christian Wade and 120 seconds later, Elliot Daly. Saracens though comeback to win, scoring 23 unanswered points in a physical contest.
Goode (who had a personal haul of 16 points) praised his sides ‘character’ and resolve, after tries from Jackson Wray and Chris Wyles plus the kicking of Goode himself, turned the tide of the Top four clash.
“I think we showed unbelievable character out there today,” said the 26 year old after the game. “To go 17-3 down with two tries in two minutes, I think that could have knocked a lot of teams but we reacted very well. They (Wasps) are in a rich vein of form and they play well here (Ricoh Arena), so to show that character in a relentless performance is fantastic. We harried them all day, and didn’t give them an inch – it was an awesome performance to be part of."
Goode alongside Man of the Match Richard Wigglesworth looked to pin Wasps in their own territory, with a series of well-placed kicks out of hand. Saracens kicked the ball 88 times during the contest, and Goode believes the slippery conditions in Coventry meant Saracens had to play intelligently.
“It rained a lot in the warm-up and it was tipping down in the first half - you have to play the conditions,” said Goode. “We know they’re dangerous in broken play, so we had to kick well. I thought Wiggy (Richard Wigglesworth) was fantastic today. His box kicking, everything he did today was phenomenal. The kick is only as good as its chase, and everyone was superb today in that regard.”