Apr 08, 2018
Imposing, aggressive and cohesive – Cain
Head coach Rob Cain was more than satisfied with his side’s 62-0 demolition of Gloucester-Hartpury in the first leg of the Tyrrells Premier 15s semi finals on Saturday with the victory putting Sarries firmly in the driving seat ahead of next week’s return leg at Allianz Park.
"That was some of our most imposing, aggressive and cohesive rugby we have played all season, with and without the ball. We knew the challenge that Gloucester-Hartpury would bring and we knew we needed a full eighty minute performance to get what we wanted and needed out of the game. Our work rate for each other was phenomenal. Lotte said it best in the lead up to the game about what we do over the next few weeks in the knock outs that really counts. This same message has been echoed all week by all the players and something that was very evident in our performance. 1-22, I thought everyone made some huge personal statements and our leaders did a fantastic job not only in their clear concise messages but also in their own performances, full of positive actions and important momentum swings."
Sarries scored ten tries in total, with the forward pack notching up a half dozen as both props dotted down through Sam Martinez Gion and Hannah Botterman, plus the inimitable backrow of Marlie Packer, Bryony and Poppy Cleall who scored four between them.
“Our front five created a great platform to work from at set piece and worked tirelessly to create quick ball at the breakdown. Poppy, Marlie and Bryony were devastating with ball in hand. There is always a lot of talk about our back row tries but their work in the collisions, work on the floor and willingness to keep getting to their feet and throw themselves into the contact was huge, that constant physicality gave us a real edge today."
It was a full team performance from Cain’s side as the backline sprang into action crossing the whitewash through Helena Rowland, Lotte Clapp and a brace from Garnet Mackinder.
“It was great to see the whole back line choose their threats at the right time with lots of touches to engage defenders and create the outside space. Our ability to keep the ball alive and play high tempo rugby from Georgie and Zoe was hugely impressive and Helena and Lauren’s ability to control the outside space allowed Lotte, Nina, Emma and Garnet to have the room to play which they took well. We had so many positive outcome rewards due to our willingness to work to move the ball into better space. Our energisers came on and have showed just how much inner competition we will have for next weekend."
With the semi finals being played over two legs, Sarries will take a 62 point lead going into the return leg at Allianz Park but Cain is confident his side will stay focused on the next task in hand.
“We are extremely happy to come away from the game after such a dominant performance but this is only half the job done. We know that Gloucester will be coming to Allianz Park ready to throw everything at us and we will need to continue where we left off to cement our place in the final. We most certainly aren’t taking anything for granted."
Tickets for the home semi final at Allianz Park on Saturday 14th April can be purchased via www.saracens.com
Entry to the game is free for season ticket holders, please bring your season ticket card with you to gain entry.