Mar 22, 2015
Never say die Saracens delight Shaw
Coach Joe Shaw praised the never-say-die attitude of the Saracens team as they won the LV=Cup 23-20 with Ben Spencer’s last kick of the game.
Speaking after the game, an ecstatic Shaw said: “Today showed what this team has been about all year, this is a special group that never stops fighting and has always found a way.
“We did that again today despite creating a few hurdles for ourselves, I thought that the last 10 minutes the way we battled with 14 men to keep going and keep going just shows what this club is all about.
“Exeter are very similar to us and clawed it back and I’m just pleased we had that little bit more to win in the end.”
Spencer showed his ice-cool head to win the trophy with the penalty with time up on the clock, but Shaw admitted his focus was on what the team would need to do if the game went to extra time.
“I was concentrating on what we would do if the kick was missed and we would go into extra time,” he explained. “Lucky for us we have a kicker like Ben Spencer who has been brilliant for us throughout the tournament.
“He’s the best kicker in the country, if not the world, out of hand and from the tee, he just finished the game on a brilliant note for us and I’m just so pleased for the boys.”
And after seeing the rest of the Saracens squad in the changing room after the game celebrating, Shaw is hoping this result will serve as added impetus for the rest of the season.
He added: “This isn’t the first time that the rest of the squad have supported this group. They’ve been there throughout the games and it just shows the character of the club and what we are all about. We just have to push on now in the Premiership and Europe – it’s just been a great day.”