Apr 25, 2018
Green: “The prospect of winning this weekend would be very special for me”
Sonia 'Sonic' Green has tasted her fair share of success in a Sarries shirt having racked up an impressive number of trophies since she first came to the club in 2002. The veteran lock is more determined than ever to add to her collection when Saracens Women take on Harlequins Ladies in the inaugural Premier 15s final on Sunday.
"There have been many Saracens players over the years that have had the opportunity to pick up silverware but I am one of the lucky few to say they have made the first Premier 15s final after what has been one of the most challenging seasons to date” she said.
“The new style premiership has brought with it a new style of fast running rugby that is both infectious to play in and to watch. It has been great to see numbers of spectators grow at home and away games, pushing us through to the very end and to finish top of the table.”
Despite notching up hundreds of caps for Sarries, Green shows no sign no slowing down. With her expert lineout skills and talismanic work rate she has been an integral member of the league leading squad and is happy to share her vast experience with the younger generation coming up through the ranks.
“Whilst walking out onto the pitch of the first leg of the Premier 15s play offs against Gloucester-Hartpury, Hannah Botterman asked me if I still get nervous. I thought to myself, when I stop getting nervous, that is when I will stop playing and told her nerves are what make us play our very best rugby. We went on to beat them 62-0, with every single one of us playing some of the best team rugby we have all season” said Green.
“Although everyone keeps asking about how it feels to play alongside players the same age as the number of years I have played at the club and when will I be hanging up my boots, I first of all think, when on the pitch we are all equal. It has been a pleasure as well as a motivation to see players such as Helena Rowland and Nina Vistisen develop their attacking game this season. This has continued to fuel my passion of playing by me learning from these players, as well as having the experience of Poppy Cleall alongside me in the forwards. Lotte Clapp has been the player to make some of the most progress, both on and off the pitch, doing a sterling job of leading us to the final. She has made me exceptionally proud seeing her develop her leadership skills as well as hit a line very few centres can stop. It has been easy to step aside to make way for young talented players like Lotte. However I also love the fact that I may be almost double their age but I can still hit a ruck harder them in the 79th minute! I have also been told by players that when I shout at them on the pitch they feel like their mum is shouting at them. Rather than take offence I have told them, in that case, do as your told, play out of your skin and make me proud!"
Green is keen to stress this isn’t her swansong for Sarries and there’s more to come but for the moment all eyes are on the prize for Sunday’s final.
“I have been lucky enough to be a part of many winning Saracens teams but the prospect of winning this weekend would be very special for me. Everything about it fills me with excitement but also nerves - good nerves, and I hope our fans will be at Ealing Trailfinders next week to be a part of Saracens Women making history."
Saracens Women play Harlequins Ladies in the Premier 15s final on Sunday 29th April at Ealing Trailfinders, 15h00 KO.
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