Mar 19, 2015
Journey continues for 'special' group
When Saracens run out at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday to face Exeter Chiefs, it will be another challenge for a very special group of players that have passed every test put before them in an unbeaten 2014/15 season.
The group, led by one of English rugby’s brightest talents Maro Itoje, have won 13 out of 13 games in both the Premiership A League and the LV=Cup.
Under the tutelage of skills Coach Joe Shaw, who is supported by academy coach’s Don Barrell, Rory Teague and Ian Vass this youthful Saracens squad has already lifted the A League title and are looking to secure the club’s first ever LV=Cup triumph on Sunday when they face holders Exeter Chiefs in the final.
“The journey of this playing group has been pretty special,” said Joe Shaw. “The majority of this side played their part in the A League success and they formed a really strong bond during that campaign."
He added: “They have gone to some fantastic places and secured some really impressive wins”.
In the 13 games this young group have played so far this season they have ran in a phenomenal 52 tries, at an average of four per game. There have been 18 different try scorers, with wing wonder Mike Ellery spearheading the attack, running in eight tries. Metronomic scrum half Ben Spencer has accumulated a personal haul of 115 points in both the A League and LV=Cup, in another strong season from the 22 year-old halfback.
“I think the atmosphere Joe and his team have helped cultivate in this group is a great achievement,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. “They have been positive, played some great rugby and the team has scrapped for each other throughout the A League and the LV=Cup. A lot of that credit must go to Joe, Don, Rory and Ian for the enthusiasm they have shown throughout campaign.”