Mar 31, 2016
Composed Saracens delight Sanderson
Alex Sanderson was delighted with Saracens’ composure as the Aviva Premiership league leaders defeated Bath 30-10 in a fiery Friday night contest in Bath.
In a game that had scuffles, red and yellow cards, Saracens showed a calmness amongst the chaos to run-in four tries, with returning wing Chris Ashton crossing for a brace of tries in his comeback game.
Speaking after the game, the Saracens coach praised his side for ‘keeping their heads’ in a tempestuous affair.
"It's not as easy place to come and we knew they'd come out breathing fire,” said Sanderson.
“There were a few off the ball incidents but we knew if we stuck to the game plan and kept our heads and didn't get pulled into an arm wrestle and a scrap we'd come through in the second if we showed the same levels of physicality and pick up a few more points, which we did."
On Chris Ashton’s return to action, he added: "He [Ashton] was banned for ten weeks for an infringement which never had intent behind it. It's great to see him out there and not just competing but what he does best in poaching tries. He's a real gang hanger, a real glory hunter and he's never happy unless he's scored. Melissa, his wife, will have a happy husband when he goes home.”
Attention for Saracens now switches to another mouth-watering fixture that is never too short of niggle and needle, a home clash against Northampton Saints in the quarter final of the European Champions Cup next Saturday.
On the upcoming clash at Allianz Park, Sanderson said: “There is no love lost at all [between us and Northampton] and it's always a set-piece challenge initially. They've gone a little bit away from driving lineout recently and go a bit more off the top. They've attacked somewhere near the best in recent weeks, I feel, and they've got a good mix using the pack and get the width and stretching you. They've got some good running backs, the Pisi brothers, North and Foden, but it all starts up front for me. Take those inches and then we are on the front foot. It’s game we’re really looking forward to.”