Mar 14, 2016
Goode impresses Stateside
Man of the Match Alex Goode praised Saracens' second half defensive performance in his side’s 26-16 victory over London Irish in New Jersey, USA.
The 27-year old full-back was in scintillating form for Saracens, having flown out midweek to join his teammates after being released by Eddie Jones’ in the build-up to England’s RBS Six Nations title clinching win over Wales at Twickenham Stadium.
In the first-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby fixture staged overseas at the Red Bull Arena, full-back Goode ran for 154m – a personal best in his Premiership career – and totalled 19 points.
Speaking after the game, Goode said: "It was a really tough game and credit to Irish they came out in that first half and we weren't at our best in certain areas.
"We had to fix it up and I thought second half we played really well. We showed a lot of grit to come back. I think it was a lack of intensity, a bit low in energy at times which allowed Irish to come at us in attack.
"I think that second half showed a lot more about what our defence is about. We went after them and in attack we went through the middle more.
"For me it's just about playing rugby and there's not a better club to come back to. I just love being with these boys and to come to New York and hopefully grow the game was great.”