One player who was delighted to be running out at Allianz Park against London Welsh on Sunday was Andy Saull.
After fracturing his thumb in the victory at Bath just before Christmas, flanker Saull came off the bench yesterday and the 24-year-old was happy with his return.
“Yeah it is fun be back out there. Coming on for only 12 minutes after so long out it was a bit different to normal games. I was flying around, almost running myself out of position trying to get on the end of every offload, and hit every ruck. It was good fun to play on the pitch and it is great feeling to part of a winning team again.”
He added: “We have a great ability to learn from our own mistakes. A few times this season we’ve had a poor first half, but we’ve been able to come in at half-time and turn it around and make the necessary changes to go on and win the game. It’s a huge learning curve for us to be able to flick that switch when you realise you aren’t doing certain things, and react when the coach highlights where we have been going wrong. It shows that we are heading in the right direction.”
Another flanker in the spotlight against London Welsh was Will Fraser who produced a man of the match performance in the 35-14 victory.
The England Saxon International underlined the importance of the team “tidying up” their play after what proved to be a tight contest in the first 40 minutes.
“I just think we tried to force the situation far too much in the first half, and you could see by the amount of dropped balls and poor passes we gave. We just said at half-time, lets tidy it up and go out and play the way we know we can and the points will come.
“We all knew where we had been going wrong and we discussed what errors we had to put right, and we luckily came away with the bonus point today. In the second half there was still plenty of stuff we can work on, but we came away with four tries and yeah, we’re pretty happy.”
Saracens secured their third bonus point win in as many games, and Fraser paid tribute to his side’s work on the training ground.
“It’s quite a quick surface so it allows for that little bit of flair, but we’ve always had it there, but it’s just been a case of us sharpening everything up, working on it throughout the week, so we can produce it on a match day. And in the last few weeks it has been coming out well in our performances.
“The last few results have been massive, but we don’t tend to look too far ahead as a team, and we literally take it game by game to get a win every week. To take that momentum in to the LV=Cup, the Heineken Cup and the Premiership is huge for us.”