Mar 09, 2017
'Close-knit' Saracens similar to 2015 Anglo-Welsh winners - Ellery
Mike Ellery is hoping that the Saracens Class of 2017 can emulate the success of 2015 as they prepare to face Leicester Tigers in Saturday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final at Allianz Park, kick-off 18h00.
Ellery was a key member of the side who lifted the Anglo-Welsh trophy in 2015, in what was the former England 7s stars first season with the north Londoners. It was a stand-out season for the club’s Storm team as they won the A League and the Anglo-Welsh Cup in an unbeaten season of 14 games. Ellery starred in the club’s Storm team, with his stunning solo try in the semi-final against Northampton Saints a particular highlight of the clubs exciting cup run.
Now Ellery, who has made 37 appearances, is a player for the plethora of talented youngsters in Saturday’s Saracens side to look to for inspiration and guidance.
“It was my first year at the club and it really was an amazing season,” said the 27-year old wing. “The Storm lads were brilliant that season, we went unbeaten in the A League and senior guys like Nils Mordt, Hayden Smith really led the way alongside Maro (Itoje) who was skipper. It was a really good group of boys, and I’d say that we have a similar kind of feel this year but a lot of the lads who were involved in 2015 have a lot more experience now.
“Once again this season, it really does have a feel of a ‘team within a team’, back in 2015 it was same kind of feel. When we go away to play in the Anglo-Welsh, or in the A League, we spend a lot of time together and we usually find ourselves training against the starting team most weeks too. It creates that close-knit feeling within the squad.
“A lot of the boys involved today played in the last Anglo-Welsh Cup final. Myself, Tim Streather, Jared Saunders, Richard Barrington, we’ve all gone on to get Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup experience on the back of that and our experience in this competition has been a great springboard for our development. We’ve a got a great blend in this group, the younger players coming in are full of confidence so I wouldn’t say that nerves would get to us this Saturday."
Ellery added: “The boys are excited. It’s been a few weeks since this group have played together, as we’ve had a few Premiership and European games, since the last Anglo-Welsh Cup game so we’re all raring to go, to get out there and play.”
Support Saracens this Saturday as they face Leicester Tigers for a place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final. Head to www.saracens.com/tickets to book your space. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for juniors.