Saracens - Saracens crowned Champions of England - Reaction

May 30, 2015

Saracens crowned Champions of England - Reaction


Saracens ran out 28-16 winners against Bath Rugby in a bruising Premiership final at Twickenham Stadium.

The Allianz Park side lifted their second Premiership title with outside half Owen Farrell winning the Man of the Match award with a fine display in the Sarries No10 shirt.

Here is some immediate reaction from a famous day:

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall

"After the pain and hurt of last season, it's been a heck of a journey. But to perform like we did in the first half was exceptional. Bath were always going to come back in the second half and they showed what they are capable of. We did a couple of dumb things but hung in there and we are absolutely thrilled to win it.

"Last year was always at the back of our mind but we were very clear that we were owed nothing. We had to earn it and we had to scrap our way into the semi finals.

"It's a relief. If you lose a game when you have a half-time lead like that then it's hard to recover from. It's been great to be in four finals in six years and now great we have won two of them."

Man of the Match - Owen Farrell

"It's been a good season for us. We've had to work hard to get where we are today but that has pulled us together as a group and made us tighter and work harder. We felt calm coming into this game and we've come good on the day.

"We built a good lead, we had to stay on it in the second half. We knew they were going to come at us and throw everything at us but thankfully we did our job and got the win.

"There was no intent there and I said sorry [to Anthony Watson]. I caught him but no-one wants to see anyone go off at the start of a game like that."

Saracens centre Brad Barritt

"It was always going to be tale of two halves. We feel we haven't got credit for the quality of our attack and when we are at our best we can be unstoppable. We've got such resilience in this team to bounce back from what happened 12 months ago. We showed the willingness we have in this team and the coaches, under Mark McCall, have made the team fight for every inch.

"We can endure pressure with and without the ball. People speak and talk about culture and being a team but when you are at Saracens you truly feel what that is. We fight for everything and are best friends on and off the pitch."

Saracens wing David Strettle

"We knew they were going to come out and play. But we knew if our defence kept coming and coming the mistakes would come - our defence forced those errors.

"We knew it was going to be tough. We knew if brought the defence we did last week then we would score a few tries from it. We didn't expect to be that much up at half time and we had to say it was nil nil again at half time. We had to come out and do the same thing. Bath put pressure on us and scored a few points but our defence stood strong and we got the win.

"I thought I was going to score [with that chip into my own hands]. Duncan got the turnover. He has unbelievable offload skills and I could see he was looking for it. He threw it and I just threw a boot out there and it came off. I caught it and thought I was going to score but I got an ankle tap. You just hope when you get close like that you score off the back of it and sure enough we did and Wyles' went over."

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