Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer acknowledged the importance of the LV=Cup to Saracens this season, as his side prepare for a semi-final against Sale Sharks this Sunday.
“The LV= Cup is a great competition where the young talent can break through and this year at Saracens we have put a good campaign together to get this far.
“To get the first piece of silverware into the club and give everyone a lift towards the Premiership could prove crucial so we will be doing all we can to try and make that happen.”
Saracens sit at the top of the Premiership table and are still heavily involved in the Heineken Cup. In contrast, Sunday’s opponents Sale are embroiled in a relegation battle and have had a turbulent season so-far, but Stockport-raised Spencer believes that Saracens will have to be“100 per cent ready” on Sunday afternoon.
“We know that Sale are a good team. They are fighting for their lives in the Premiership but they know that they can get some momentum towards the end of the season in the LV= Cup. So we know we will have to be on the top of our game to get a result and we will go into it 100 per cent ready.”
Spencer, who broke onto the scene with a series of impressive and mature performances last season, has recently been nominated for the LV=Cup Breakthrough Player award and the potential honour is something that the classy half-back describes as a “great confidence boost”.
He said: “It was quite unexpected to be up for the Breakthrough Player of the Year award but obviously I am delighted to be. I obviously scored a few points in the Worcester game which was nice and might have turned a few heads but I am just really happy to have been nominated and it is a great confidence boost for me going into the semi-final with Sale.”
He added: “The strength and depth of our squad means we can compete on many levels and it has been great to be a part of that and to top it off with the award would be great.”