Feb 12, 2019
Brown and Crossdale hail defensive effort
As predicted by Dom Morris ahead of the match, defence proved key for Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final against Worcester Warriors.
The Men in Black reached the final of the competition courtesy of a 38-22 victory which began with a Tom Whiteley try built on terrific line speed.
Calum Clark and Sean Reffell both put in over 30 tackles during the contest and defence coach Kelly Brown was delighted with the effort the team showed.
He said: “We always knew as a consequence of coming down to a Worcester side who are fans of throwing the ball around that it would take an incredible effort in defence and I’m incredibly proud of how the boys fought and worked hard for each other.
“It’s always nice to score tries. As the defensive coach I don’t find that side of the game as exciting but I know Adam Powell and all of the guys are very chuffed!”
Brown added: “If you look at the spine of the team, there a lot of young Saracens academy players and that’s the exciting thing. The future of Saracens is good.”
Winger Ali Crossdale played his part in the second score, weaving inside before the ball was spread wide with slick hands for Rotimi Segun to bounce over.
The youngster reiterated Brown’s thoughts and hailed Sarries’ display.
“It was a great team performance,” he said.
“Every try we got came off the back of great D. Dom nailed it in the week and it was the key thing. We put in one hell of a shift – it’ll be interesting to see what the tackle stats were, someone like Sean Reffell chopping people all over the place.
“Fantastic from the defence and with our kicking game we put it into the right areas. It’s phenomenal to be in the final and we’re really excited.”