Mar 14, 2019
A great feeling throughout the tournament - Powell
For Saracens, the Premiership Rugby Cup has provided the perfect opportunity to blood some of the club’s Academy starlets in a first-team competition.
It has presented senior debuts to 18-year-old Manu Vunipola and twin second rows Joel and Jon Kpoku, while also allowed players such as Ali Crossdale, Dom Morris and Sean Reffell a stage to flourish.
Their progression has been helped along by the experienced heads of Schalk Burger, Dom Day and Marcelo Bosch and has seen Sarries reach the final of the competition for the first time since winning it in 2015 courtesy of wins over Harlequins and Worcester Warriors on the road and equally-impressive victories over Leicester Tigers and Worcester at Allianz Park.
Northampton Saints play hosts in the final this weekend and coach Adam Powell is excited for his young players to take their chance once more.
“These guys have earned the right to play in a final and we can’t wait to see them on the weekend,” he said.
“All our top players who have come through and are now British & Irish Lions and England players all used this as their stepping stone; it’s part of their progress and that hasn’t changed for us.
“It’s important for the young players to lead their environment when they’re together and this year they’ve done very well. They’ve really gelled as a unit and there’s been a great feeling all the way through the tournament.”
On playing at Franklin’s Gardens, the home of Sunday’s opposition, Powell added: “If you want to play for the Saracens first team, you have to accept it doesn’t matter where you play, you have to turn up and put in the same level of performance and whatever result comes off the back of that comes.
“There will be a number from the Academy in the forwards and backs on Sunday. It’s good exposure for the lads and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play.”