Feb 03, 2018
Adam Powell: "It's a steep learning curve"
Adam Powell says that this season's Anglo-Welsh Cup has been a steep learning curve for his young side following Saturday's 43-20 defeat to Exeter at Sandy Park.
Tom Whiteley, Rotimi Segun, Max Malins and Tom Lindsay scored for the visitors as an experienced Exeter side showed why they are Premiership Champions with a classy display.
Sarries showed good form in patches, securing a bonus-point, and Powell says that the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign has been important as a learning curve for Sarries.
The academy coach explained: "This Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign has been quite a journey for our guys, we've had a lot of young players out there and this has been their first experience of big-time rugby.
"It's been a steep learning curve for them, but a good one, and one that they have to go through at some point."
Exeter knew they had to secure a bonus-point win to progress and with Sarries having no chance after Northampton's win on Friday, Powell admitted that it was always going to be tough for his young charges:
"We came here knowing that Exeter are always a tough team, especially at home and they gave us a really hard game. The boys dug in and made them work for a lot and got a couple of nice tries but ultimately we've got to improve."
This season's Anglo-Welsh Cup has seen the Men in Black beat Newport at home, as well as producing strong performances against Quins and Sale and Powell will be optimistic heading into the future, but also says there is lots to be learned.
The 31-year-old former Newcastle and Saracens centre said: "We've done some good things this season and in this game we did some good things and had good patches but we have to get better as a team and individually.
"That's not a negative thing, these guys are young and have the understanding that they need to work hard then hopefully they can come here and win games in the future."