Apr 20, 2017
Goode hails Saracens 'fight' ahead of crunch Munster clash
Alex Goode has praised the fight of the Saracens squad ahead of their European Champions Cup semi-final against Munster on Saturday.
Mark McCall’s men go into the trip at the Aviva Stadium with a point-to-prove after a last-ditch 27-25 win over Northampton Saints at Stadium:MK.
The north Londoners looked certain losers as they trailed 25-12 with 10 minutes remaining but two late tries, a penalty and a conversion from Alex Lozowski broke Saints' hearts and secured the victory, showcasing the never-say-die attitude that has become synonymous with Saracens in recent times.
“I think there is a belief that there is no lost cause and there is a togetherness” said Goode. “We weren’t at our best at the weekend, perhaps for 70 minutes we were quite poor in a way but we will find a way to win.
“There is a real togetherness and belief in the team. We knew that we hadn’t played well but you can forget about that period before that and just make sure that each play you try and break them down and keep working.
“We will fight to the very end no matter who we are playing. It is a hallmark of this team that we won’t give in and we will keep fighting.”
Saracens are no strangers to the sharp end of competitions, but for Goode the prospect of a fifth consecutive European semi-final for the club is still an exciting one but insists their big-game experience will count for nothing without a strong performance. .
“Every semi-final is massive really” said the full-back. “We are playing a top side who are obviously riding a wave and playing unbelievable rugby. To play in a great stadium like the Aviva with their huge support base, I think it will be a great occasion, a phenomenal place to play and a great atmosphere.
“Every semi-final is special and there is a real buzz about the place. I am really looking forward to it.”
“It is great for us that we have been in big games before but it doesn’t really mean much if we don’t match their intensity and come out the blocks flying ourselves” Goode added.
Standing in their way of back-to-back European final appearances is a Munster outfit brimming with confidence and form and Goode is all too aware of the threat he and his teammates will face come kick-off on Saturday.
“They are playing very well at the moment. They are really getting on top of teams and showing a desire and intensity, which has been very strong for them and got them in a good place. They are going to come with a strong support base and they will be really ramped up for it come game day."