Try scorers David Strettle and Chris Wyles both applauded their side’s character after a stunning second half comeback to win 32-27 at Welford Road on Saturday night.
The bonus point victory against Leicester Tigers lifted Sarries back to within a point of Harlequins at the top of the Premiership table and Strettle, who crossed the line twice in the win, praised the character of the side to come back from 17-6 down at half time.
The England wing said: “In the first half we didn’t do the things that we had set out to do and Mark McCall reminded us of that at half-time. In the second half we brought the physicality to Leicester, stuck to our game plan and we played the kind of rugby that we all know we could.
“As soon as we upped the physicality in the second half, we started to win the gain-line battle, and the ball at the breakdown speeded up. Any side is difficult to stop when they have quick ball available, and Leicester proved that in the first-half. Their breakdown speed was great and we struggled to defend against them and our usual line-speed, which is something we pride ourselves on, wasn’t up to scratch.”
Along with a superb James Short effort, full-back Wyles completed the scoring and secured the try-scoring bonus point.
“It was fantastic feeling scoring the bonus point try,” said Wyles. “Obviously our backs were against the wall when we came in at half time and to come back in the second half and score four tries shows the strength of character, and the grit and determination this squad has.
“Welford Road is a tough place to come at the best of times, and in the first 40 minutes it felt like in every facet of the game they were outworking us, and beating us. So to comeback the way we did in the second half is just fantastic.”