Oct 03, 2016
Saracens Women Relishing Upcoming Double Header Opportunity
Saracens Women return to Premiership action this Sunday as they face Worcester Valkyries in a bumper day of rugby at Allianz Park. Saracens men will open proceedings in their clash with Premiership leaders Wasps with the women taking to the pitch after.
Head coach Rob Cain is looking forward to the challenge ahead - "We're all excited about this Sundays double header against Worcester. We have lots of new faces in the squad and this will be the first experience for many of them to soak up the atmosphere that these back to back fixtures create.”
Saracens Women have had a mixed start to the season having swept aside DMP Sharks with nine tries in their opener before falling to a shock defeat to Midlands outfit Lichfield Ladies in round two. Cain's side seem to be back on track however after a bonus point win over reigning champions Richmond in week three. Worcester have also not had results go all their way, notching up only one win from three so far this Premiership campaign as they sit fifth in the league table, two spots below Saracens.
"It's been a good start to the season” said Cain. “New players and combinations are beginning to settle and each time we get a hit out this only continues to cement us a team. We have had 11 players so far this season make their Premiership debuts and they have all taken their opportunities so far.”
Cain also praised the efforts which are going on behind the scenes - "We have a great group of people here and everyone is bringing great energy to what they do both on and off the pitch, starting from our club chairwoman Laura Eddie who has just overseen a new exciting partnership with Middlesex University which will allow us to keep pushing the boundaries of women's domestic rugby and also the launch of the new Saracens junior girls section."
"We do things differently here and allow the players to grow rather than force or over complicate our rugby, especially during the first part of our season. As the season develops so will we as a team and that's what is so exciting as there's so much potential within the squad for that growth and our challenge is to make sure that we make firm steps towards where we know we can be. We have a raft of experienced club and international players such as Kerrie-Ann Craddock, Vicky Fleetwood, Sarah McKenna, Hannah Gallagher and Georgie Gulliver players all returning from injury over the coming weeks which will help push our inner competition. We also have Lauren Cattell, Lotte Clapp and Deb Fleming all with their well deserved England 7s contracts who will be back soon which will only strengthen us as a group."
Cain is expecting a tasty affair when the sides meet on Sunday - "Worcester will be real tough encounter. They won't need any motivation after their heavy loss to Bristol in round 3 and we expect them to throw all their frustrations at us throughout the full 80 minutes. They have a very threatening set piece and some very talented players and threats throughout the spine of their team. For us it's important we enjoy the atmosphere, soak it all up and then focus on our game and what we want to do. We are beginning to understand the importance of momentum and tempo and over the next few weeks as we grow more if we keep these two terms ever present in our game we can get nearer to the performances we want to get to."
"We both like to throw the ball around so it should make for a high tempo, exciting game to watch and I hope all the Saracens fans stay to cheer the girls on."
Saracens flanker Lauren Newman is no stranger to these big fixtures and is relishing Sunday's opportunity - "It's always great to play at our home of Allianz Park but to play a double header with the men's side is even better. The atmosphere that the Saracens fans create is fantastic, as is the exposure for the women's game.
"There is a real buzz at training ahead of next weekend. We always receive a warm welcome from the home crowd and will need it against a strong Worcester side this Sunday. The girls and I can't wait to step onto the pitch after the boys, play some quality rugby and make our Saracens family proud!"