Forwards coach Alex Sanderson believes that Sunday’s defeat in the LV=Cup semi-final at Sale Sharks will have a positive impact on the younger Saracens players in the squad.
Sarries were beaten 21-15 at a windswept Salford City Stadium but refused to be too disappointed by the defeat and pointed out how the younger players could learn from the experience of losing a semi-final.
He said: “In the conditions, with a wind like that, if you concede a penalty, it’s a case of 50 metres or three points, and every mistake you make is magnified in these bigger games, and these young lads need to learn that. You’ve got to understand that a lot of these guys will be starting next season, most of them will come through.
“That’s the positive, that these guys can now do a job at this level and they have got us to this stage of the competition, and perhaps on reflection, they could take us a step further next year, who knows?”
Sanderson was asked about Nick Auterac’s performance, after the 20 year old produced another impressive display, and he was keen to praise the young loose-heads contribution.
“He’s been playing well all season. He’s been going really well and because Mako Vunipola has been called up to England, and Rhys Gill has been injured, he’s had to step up.
“He’s a really exciting prospect, as is Jamie George, George Kruis, and all these guys who we’ve watched for years come through the ranks at the club.”
One such player is Ben Ransom, who had another impressive outing on Sunday. The full-back spoke of his disappointment of missing out on a cup final appearance at Worcester next week.
He explained: “We’re obviously very frustrated with the result; whenever you lose a semi-final you are bitterly disappointed. I thought the guys played really well and in the last third they (Sale) had some luck which ultimately swung the game in their favour.
“Despite the result, and the obvious disappointment, I thoroughly enjoyed it out there today, it was a good game and it’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t get through to the final.”