Feb 07, 2019
Defence is key to win - Morris
Defence is key to Saracens progressing to the final of the Premiership Rugby Cup, according to centre Dom Morris.
The Men in Black head to Worcester Warriors this evening in the semi-final having progressed to the last four with victory over Harlequins a fortnight ago.
Adam Powell’s side shutout their London rivals for 38 minutes of an impressive second-half display at The Stoop and Morris believes a similar effort at Sixways will help get the job done.
“I think our defence will be a main thing to win the game,” he said.
“If we’re physical, we really get off the line, get in behind the gainline and stop them playing we should do well.
“For me it’s about being as physical as I can and just making my mark in that sense, getting the boys off the line with me and really taking control in that area to make sure we stop any threats they have because they have some good runner. We’ve got to chop them down early and really slow their ball down.
“We get energy from our defence so with our line speed we’ll hopefully force mistakes and lead them to play with the ball in silly areas and we can take advantage of that, get the ball back and have a go ourselves.”
Morris has been an ever-present at 12 in the competition, catching the eye with some big hits and forceful carries.
Many of the players in the Sarries squad for tonight’s fixture have grown up playing together and Morris says it’s enjoyable to go through the experience of getting to the latter stages of a first-team tournament together.
He said: “It’s nice for us younger guys to be able to play together because we’ve all grown up in the academy.
“I’ve been with some of these boys since I was 15 or 16, the likes of Max Malins, Matt Gallagher, Ralph Adams-Hale... I’ve grown up with them.
“Also, the mixture of the experience and the youth is really nice because we get to gain so much knowledge from them during the training week and on the pitch.
“Being able to get that experience is unbelievable and it shows how good this Premiership Rugby Cup competition is for younger guys like myself.”