Jan 28, 2019
It means the world to us - Whiteley
Tom Whiteley’s emotions were relief when Rotimi Segun crossed for a bonus-point try against Harlequins to secure Saracens’ place in the last four of the Premiership Rugby Cup.
It looked as though Sarries would be made to wait to find out their semi-final fate despite tries from Sione Vailanu, Joel Kpoku and Max Malins earning a deserved victory but winger Segun’s late dot down ensured a five-point win and progression in the competiton.
The Men in Black’s opposition and venue will be determined by Worcester Warriors’ result on Saturday but before that, the squad have a week off to recuperate.
Whiteley said: “It was a really tough win. We were up against it for a lot of the game, Quins played really well.
“We had to play the conditions really well. I thought myself and Max did well to do that in the first half and then we came out in the second half with the wind and we squeezed them which is what we’re really good at and we did unbelievably well in that second half.”
The scrum-half continued: “I was so relieved for Roti to go over at the end, it means the world to us. I don’t really know how to describe it; it’s our first semi-final for a few years.
“We’ve got a nice week off now, we’ll celebrate and then we’ll be back in the week after for the semi-final.
“We wanted to do well in all competitions and this is the first step towards it so long may it continue.”