Mar 15, 2015
Composed Saracens delight Shaw
Saracens coach Joe Shaw praised his sides ‘clarity of thought’ after they mounted a superb comeback from 13-5 down to defeat Northampton Saints 24-20 in a thrilling LV=Cup semi-final at Allianz Park.
Playing into a strong breeze in the first half, Saracens trailed by eight points after a 40 minute period that visitors Northampton initially dominated.
After the break, and with the wind behind their backs, Saracens produced a strong performance, scoring 16 unanswered points in a dominant 25 minute period.
Speaking about the game, Shaw said: “We would have liked to have fired off a few more shots in the first half when we down in their territory. With the conditions the way they were, with a very strong wind, in my opinion we played the conditions really well. We gave away two or three silly penalties, and made one or two mistakes between the halfway and the 22 when we had good opportunities to get into Northampton.
"To go into half-time realising how well we had defended we had complete clarity in what we needed to do in the second half. We were a little annoyed that perhaps the score wasn't as closer at that point."
On progressing to the LV=Cup final, Shaw added: “The journey from this playing group has been pretty special. The majority of this side played their part in the A League success and they formed a really strong bond during that campaign.
“They went to some fantastic places and got some really impressive wins. Going to play the Ospreys away at The Gnoll is always an 'interesting' experience for young players, to beat Exeter and Harlequins who had strong sides out on those occasions, and beating London Welsh who had a first team out that day was great.
“To carry that on by beating a really tough team such as Northampton, with such an experienced pack, is another great experience. We'll get in on Monday, sit-down and start planning for next weekend.”