Oct 13, 2018
Austerberry happy after Wasps win
Saracens Women head coach Alex Austerberry was able to take plenty of positives from his side’s 21-5 win at home to Wasps Ladies on Saturday, despite missing out on a bonus point.
The Women in Black scored three converted tries but it could have been more, and they were frustrated not to end a sustained spell of pressure with the crucial fourth try in the dying minutes.
The victory meant Saracens remain top of the Tyrrells Premier 15s, however, level on points with Loughborough Lightning, and Austerberry was happy overall.
“It’s not perfect but it’s getting there,” he said. “Playing Wasps will always be a fairly intense game and environment, so it’s always nice to come away with a victory.
“The passage just before half-time and just after half-time certainly swung the momentum in our favour and gave us a cushion that we were able to defend.
“So it’s massively positive that we were able to come out and make it five wins from five against a team who will undoubtedly be pushing at the end of the season. That’s a fact. They’re well-drilled and well-coached and they’ve very physical, so to get the win was fantastic.
“It was very disappointing to miss out on the bonus point at the end. We can’t just look at the end of the game; there were a few opportunities throughout where we should’ve been a bit more clinical.
“A 21-5 victory is always nice and there were some good performances. We just need to keep on building from where we’re at and ensure we manage games a little bit better.
“We let Wasps back into it a bit in the last quarter, so it’s important that we execute our game plans a bit more effectively and be a bit more clinical with our core skills.”
Saracens welcomed back England international Hannah Botterman, who came off the bench in the second half after missing the last few weeks with a shoulder injury.
“It’s good to see Hannah back,” said Austerberry. “She did some positive things when she came on. One of Hannah’s greatest assets is her ability to give you big, go-forward carries that really make a dent in the defence, and at scrum time she went pretty well, too.
“It’s great to see fit bodies back. We’ve had a couple of injuries today which we’ll assess and see how they are, but hopefully we’re nearly back to full fitness, which breeds competition and ultimately forces people to be better otherwise someone else will take their shirt.”