Nov 03, 2018
Players dug deep in Bristol win - Austerberry
Head coach Alex Austerberry hailed his side for digging deep and coming out on top in the 32-15 victory over Bristol Bears Women on Saturday.
Saracens scored six tries at Shaftesbury Park to keep the pressure on league leaders Loughborough Lightning, despite missing several key players through injury and international duty.
“It was a good enough performance without being brilliant or outstanding,” said Austerberry.
“We played well enough for long enough at the right times to get something out of it. We knew it was going to be a challenge and it was exactly that. It was tight throughout but we managed to score at a couple of key times.
“We were able to refocus at half-time and I wanted them to come out in the second half firing. Bristol scored first after the break, but all credit to the girls for bouncing straight back and ensuring it didn’t turn into a scrap.
“There were a couple of excellent defensive stints where we managed to turn it over and score down the other end, and those gave us a bit of breathing space.
“It was nip and tuck all the way but we deserved to come out on top.”
England International Zoe Harrison made her first appearance of the season after recovering from injury and scored the team’s second try with a clever dummy.
“It was good to see Zoe back playing,” Austerberry added. “A player of her quality is always going to add something, and she will certainly continue to drive competition for places.
“I also need to mention Lauren Newman, who was player of the match. She had her best performance in a Saracens shirt today.
“And I need to thank the travelling reserves, Ellie Boatman and Sarah Bebbington, who didn’t play but still added to the squad in a positive way.”