Mar 06, 2019
Austerberry pleased with aspects of Development XV win over rivals Wasps
Last weekend (Saturday 2 March) the Saracens Women Development team ran out 44 - 24 winners away to Wasps Ladies. In doing so they went ahead of Wasps in the Tyrrells Premier 15s Development League.
Saracens Women Head Coach Alex Austerberry was understandably happy with the result having lost to Wasps 15 - 10 last year but highlighted the level of performance from his team.
“It was a very good win, probably the more pleasing aspect was the performance. We challenged the team during the week to put in a performance that would reflect their talent and potential and we got close to that for large parts of the game.”
In the lead-up to the match, Austerberry had highlighted the need for his team to bring the required level of physicality against a strong Wasps pack.
“There were areas where we were quite physical. I thought in defence we did quite well to limit the impact of some of the bigger Wasps carriers.
“We’re a little bit disappointed on that side of the ball where we didn’t quite fulfil everything we wanted, we fell off a few tackles, but in general the work at the breakdown, in particular from Bronwen Jackson-Turner, was outstanding.
“The speed of support and effectiveness of our work meant that fight didn’t become one that was a ding-dong battle. We got our shots in first and that enabled us to get the quality of ball.”
This weekend Saracens Women take on Worcester Valkyries in the next round of the Tyrrells Premier 15s Development League and while the team are now top of the table, Austerberry is still very much focused on performance over results.
“Nothing for us has really changed, every week is about performing. If the performance reflects the standards and talent that we have and is underpinned by a work rate that is part of our identity then that will take care of the result.
“That said, Worcester are a well-coached team, got good, young talent and sometimes young talent can go out and do something you’re not expecting.
“Ultimately though it’s about individual performance, collective performance and building momentum as a group for the rest of the season.”