Saracens Storm coach Joe Shaw praised his sides performance last night, and revealed that despite the sides disappointment of drawing the game, they were “lot of positives” about the Storm display at Allianz Park.
“When we got back into the changing room after the game everyone was thoroughly disappointed not have won, but we have got to move on quickly and realise that some of the stuff that we did yesterday was very good.
“We scored some fantastic tries and we played fantastic rugby, we are a team that look at ourselves and one thing we need to look at after today’s match was our discipline in certain areas and our penalty count – but overall we can take away a lot of positives from Monday night’s game”.
Shaw added; “It’s always pleasing to see so many young players, some of which have only just come out of school getting A league game time. Not only do they get to play at this level they are shining at this level as well.
“Tim Streather unfortunately had a bit of an injury during preseason so to have him back now and for him to be showing some of the magic that he can produce is brilliant. You look at Nick Tompkins, Maro Itoje, Hayden Stringer – all of these lads were still in school last year but they brought a real physical edge to the game last night and played a full 80 minutes which is fantastic – it shows that as a club, we are in great shape”.
“We talked about togetherness before the game, and how that was our strongest tool.” said Shaw
“Testimony to that was when Nathan Earle took a bang to head, and it looked quite serious (luckily Nathan is fine) – but when we came into the changing rooms, having just conceded a try in the final seconds of the game, everybody to man was more concerned that their teammate was OK.
“For me as coach that is one of the most pleasing things about the group. That togetherness from a squad from top to bottom is a fundamental of our club, and that was visible last night”.