Nov 13, 2014
Big future ahead for industrious Spencer - Shaw
Skills coach Joe Shaw believes hard work and attention detail are behind Ben Spencer’s recent impressive form.
Spencer has played a starring role in Saracens last two LV=Cup games, and had an impressive cameo off the bench against Western Province on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking about the Saracens half-back, Shaw said; “Ben has been playing tremendously well. The way he kicked off both feet and the way he managed the game against the Ospreys was unbelievable. He’s playing so well because he works so hard in training. It’s not something that’s just happened, every single day of the week he’s in working on something to better himself and I think we’re beginning to see the results of that hard work.
“He wants to be involved more and to eventually become an international player, and he understands the steps he has to take to get there. It’s quite impressive, you look at the work he puts into his place kicking, and now he’s putting the same amount of detail and effort to other parts of the game.
“I definitely think he has the ability to become an international player. He’s played for England Saxons at a young age, he has played week-in-week out here at a young age in big European games, so he has the ability to do it. It’s all about earning it, and Ben has been putting in the work for those foundations for a very promising career.”
On Saracens three number nines, Shaw added; “It’s always difficult in selection, but it’s a good problem to have. We’re blessed that we have two very experienced scrum-half’s at the club, which is great for Ben as he can learn from Neil de Kock and Richard Wigglesworth and that’s what he has been doing. Ben is learning from two superb scrum-half’s who kick unbelievably well, and continue to work on their basics, and Ben is cut from the same cloth.
“He understands there is a future here, and we’re really excited to have him at the club. We just have to provide him with everything we can to make sure he becomes the player we all think he can be.”