Jun 03, 2019
A fantastic season across the board
Following the completion of the 2018/19 campaign, it’s time for reflection.
In one of the most extraordinary seasons gone by, Saracens Men and Women contributed immensely to the game featuring in seven competitions – the Gallagher Premiership, Heineken Champions Cup, Premiership Rugby Cup, Premiership Rugby Shield, Premiership 7s, Tyrrells Premier 15s and the Premier 15s Development League.
Saracens Men – and Storm – reached every final available to them winning four out of five competitions while the Women were victorious in their bid to retain the TP 15s title and also won the Development League.
It means that each Saracens team played in every single fixture possible this season. A combined total of 94 competitive matches since the Premiership 7s in July last year, 80 of which ended in wins (D1, L13).
For Mark McCall’s side, a real Wolfpack spirit was needed to overcome adversity in Europe and the league. Ten points behind to holders Leinster in the European showpiece, 11 points behind on the hour against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership final but a never-say-die attitude saw his team put in a relentless amount of effort in their pursuit to be crowned European and English champions once again. The double.
Storm displayed similar characteristics on their way to the Shield title. A young team suffered defeat at the final hurdle against an experienced Northampton Saints outfit in the Premiership Rugby Cup but it spurred them on to create memories elsewhere. In their last group game, the semi-final and the final, Storm notched up 195 points with several Academy players starring. Coach Adam Powell also oversaw Sarries’ 7s success last summer.
Alex Austerberry joined Saracens Women as head coach in August 2018 and was excited by the potential of his squad. They lived up to it by securing the TP 15s for a second year in a row and the Development proved their worth by winning 16/18 matches. In total, both Women’s teams accumulated 1,479 points with the first team scoring a massive 130 tries in 20 fixtures.
This season has been so much more than the seven successes. The club have welcomed the Mavericks to the Saracens family. We’ve said goodbye to legends of the game such as David Strettle, Marcelo Bosch and Georgie Gulliver. We’ve seen young prospects begin their Saracens story – Ralph Adams-Hale, Joel Kpoku, Dom Morris, Hannah Bottermann, Zoe Harrison et al. have all made their mark in their own way.