Apr 14, 2017
Sanderson praises 'chameleon like' Taylor ahead of 100th game
Duncan Taylor will be making his 100th appearance for Saracens when they travel to face Northampton Saints at Stadium:MK on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old followed a well-trodden path in joining from Bedford Blues in 2012. He has since been influential in the Sarries back-line as the club has enjoyed considerable success since, winning the 2015 LV Cup, the Premiership in 2015 and 2016 and the Champions Cup, also in 2016.
Taylor’s form has led to 18 test caps for Scotland, whom he qualifies for through his Scottish parents. These culminated in a breakthrough 2016 Six Nations campaign, during which he was named one of the players of the tournament.
Influential in the Scotsman’s development at Allianz Park has been coach Alex Sanderson, and speaking during the week he extolled the virtues of the versatile back:
He said, “He’s a really, really good player, he could probably play in any position in the backline such is his talent and his ability to fit-in chameleon like with the players around him.”
Taylor has been unfortunate with injuries this season but has made a comeback in recent weeks, coming off the bench against Bath and Glasgow before starting last Saturday at Wembley. He has hit the ground running on his comeback and Sanderson also praised his work-rate:
“If there’s anything that Duncan has above most people, and you could ask any of the senior players this, it’s his work-rate and his intensity.” He added, “If someone’s going to chase a kick down with that extra 5%, if someone’s going to work hard and be honest in terms of the effort they put in, which are two of our values as a club, then it’s going to be Duncan Taylor.”
By Will Freeman