Oct 01, 2018
Goode reaping the rewards of conditioning work
Alex Goode put in a scintillating display from full-back as Saracens picked up their fifth bonus-point victory of the season against Bath.
The 30-year-old was deservedly awarded man of the match for his performance which saw him grab a try and assist twice at Allianz Park.
He punched a hole in the Bath backline to dive over and almost added a second but for a fumble at the last.
The rugby world is used to seeing Goode dance his way past opponents with his silky footwork, but his score showed another side to his game – great speed and acceleration.
“I felt good,” he said.
“It was nice to get a bit of a rest last week which doesn’t happen too often, so I came into it feeling fresh and I feel sometimes the forwards set a good platform and the opportunities come, even if I did let one go begging!”
He added: “(Having two summers off) has allowed me to really work on my leg speed, power and acceleration through contact.
“I’m really happy, even at the tender age of 30, that I’m still getting improvements. The GPS says I’m quicker than I’ve ever been before this pre-season and it’s just testament to the guys at the club helping me with that.
“I’m very happy with the work I’ve been doing with the conditioners, it’s something I’m constantly trying to work on, getting that leg speed and leg power, which comes to hopefully being quicker off the back of that.
“We do speed sessions and running drills as well, but for me the big work-on was just trying to get that strength, speed, power, so that when I’m going through contact I’m explosive and I can get more out of my hips, glutes and hamstrings really, and it’s had a massive effect and I’m really happy about it.”
Saracens went into half-time on Saturday with a six-point advantage and despite holding the lead, the squad weren’t happy with their efforts.
Goode reiterated Nick Tompkins’ thoughts on the contrast in halves and says it’s down to the high standards the group set.
“I don’t want to sound negative but we were a bit disappointed with the first half; we weren’t quite there. We wanted to raise the bar from last week and keep getting better and better so it was a bit disappointing but at half-time we addressed some issues and we were much better.
“We have very, very high standards and we just want to keep improving and get better.”