Apr 22, 2016
Saracens Women up for the cup says Head Coach Cain
Saracens Women will look to get revenge on fierce rivals Richmond as they go head-to-head in the National Cup final on Saturday.
The two sides have already met on three occasions this season; including the Women’s Premiership final back in January, which was won by Richmond 28-17 and Saracens will look to right a few wrongs from that day when they meet again.
Speaking ahead of the game, head coach Rob Cain said : ”As a group we are all excited to make the final. Everyone knows the rivalry between the clubs and being a cup final will add even more bite to this game.
“We've been working hard all the way through the campaign and we expect a very tough physical encounter against Richmond. The players have had some outstanding individual performances and as a team we have been getting better each week. I'm excited to see all the players hard work show on Saturday.
“It's an opportunity for us to put a few things right from the Premiership final as individuals, units and as a team” added Cain.
“No excuses, Richmond won the Premiership final but for us as we reflected on it our final performance wasn't where it had been for the rest of the season, or more importantly where it needed to be on the day.
“The players have been working hard to be in this position with the opportunity to not only win silverware but as I said to put a few things right.”
With a trio of clashes with Richmond under their belt, Cain and his team are fully aware of the challenge that stands in their way of securing silverware.
“There is always a big focus on their set piece and both their scrum and line out drive is very effective for them” said Cain. “If they are allowed to build momentum they can play very effectively around the corner and use their strong ball carriers well both getting over the collision line but also opening up space outside.
“They are a team that know how to win and their game management is accurate, looking both to pick up points and avoid conceding at important stages throughout the game.
However, Saracens Women aren’t short of threats of their own, boasting a blend of experience and youth that have lead them to the final unbeaten this season.
He said: “There have been so many outstanding performances during this Cup campaign. Captain Sonia Green has continued her fine form in the league with both her leadership and her ability to get into space. If we can get good front ball she's going to be exciting to watch.
Poppy Cleall returning from international duty as part of the England Grand Slam winning squad is definitely one to watch with ball in hand while Charlotte Barras has continued to step up and her big game experience will definitely raise the team on Saturday.”
Route to the final
Undefeated in group stages, 176 points scored, 36 conceded.
21/02/2016 Win Aylesford 49-5 (h)
28/02/2016 Win Henley 78-0 (h)
13/03/2016 Win Wasps 17-24 (a)
20/03/2016 Win Lichfield 14-24 (a)
03/04/2016 Win Darlington 42-8 (h)
23/04/2016 Richmond. Venue Lichfield RFC, KO 15.30.