Although Sunday’s LV=Cup semi-final defeat has left the squad with a free weekend, one player who will be getting some extra game time this week is Andy Saull who will be playing as a guest for Bedford Blues for the Mobbs Memorial Match against the British Army at Goldington Road on Wednesday, March 13 (7.45pm).
As part of the ongoing relationship between the two clubs, Saracens will be providing a number of players recovering from injury, including Saull who played as a replacement for Saracens in Sunday’s LV= Cup semi-final defeat at Sale Sharks.
Sam Stanley, Luke Baldwin, Jared Saunders and Jack Wilson will also be in action.
Saull was left disappointed with the result at the Salford City Stadium but with a four-point gap over Harlequins in the league, and a Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at Twickenham on April 6, he insists there is still plenty to play for.
”We’ve got a Heineken quarter-final and a Premiership semi-final coming up, they’re up for grabs,” said Saull.
”It has been known all along that sides change and play a bit more conservatively when it comes to semi-finals. As we saw on Sunday, semi-finals are close games, they’re won and lost by kicks, and we knew that.
“The wind has played a huge part at Sale, with both sides dominating with the wind behind their backs,” he added.
“I felt Sale were excellent at the break-down, we barely had any quick ball to play with. When they were camped in their own 22 their defence held up massively.
“There was no lack of effort, the boys were throwing themselves into the contact and carrying hard. There were a couple of silly penalties on our part, good forward play with a couple of good drives from them which was the difference between the two sides.”