Alex Goodedescribed Saracens’ win over title rivals Harlequins as “first-class” as his side moved five points clear at the top of the Premiership.
Goode made his first appearance in a Saracens shirt since returning fromEnglandduty in the Six Nations, and the full-back praised the whole match-day squad for their efforts in what was an impressive display over the reigning champions.
He said: “I thought the performance was first class from everyone; it was a real team effort from one to twenty-three, everyone worked hard and put hundred per cent effort into the game and I felt the win was thoroughly deserved.
“Harlequins have a very good set-piece and that has contributed to their success over the last two years, but I thought our front five were fantastic, and the back row was equally impressive in terms of getting over the ball and carrying. Kelly Brown made a lovely break, and I thought Ernst Joubert carried superbly from the base of the scrum all afternoon.”
But Goode knows that those effort levels must be bettered when the team travels to Wasps on Saturday to face a Wasps side who are also pushing to secure a top four spot in the Premiership.
“There was a big effort across the pitch on Sunday, no more so than that last 10 minutes of the game where we battled and worked extremely hard defending our own line. We worked for each other and that typified our performance, but that is something we must build upon and continue as we face another really tough test at Wasps on Saturday.”