Dec 01, 2017
Shaw Looking Forward to Big Run of Fixtures
Saracens Skills Coach Joe Shaw has told of his players’ need to stay focused as they enter a big run of December fixtures, starting with a trip to face Harlequins on Sunday afternoon.
The Men in Black were unlucky in defeat in two games against West-Country sides Gloucester and Exeter and will benefit from the return of several international players as they take to the field at the Stoop; talking about the players’ return, Shaw said:
“It’s been good, it’s always the same when the boys go away; we get excited about them coming back.
“They’ve been really successful in that campaign, so as much as we’re going about our business when they’re away, we’re always hugely supportive and we follow all of them.
“We’ve had two weeks where there hasn’t been a lack of effort or work but haven’t had the results we wanted, so with everybody back together we’ve had a really good week and I’m excited about this weekend."
Sarries have won the last time the two sides met at Wembley Stadium in April and Shaw insists that the team will plan for this game in the same way as any other, explaining:
“We just do what we do and come in to work having done a lot of analysis on them; our England players know their international players very well so we think we’ve got a decent plan to go into this weekend against them and it’s about bringing that plan to life.
“Over the last two years they’ve got the results down at their place and we’re fully aware of the threats that they pose, what good players they have, how they’re coached and the way they want to play.
"We’re going to have to be really on our mettle in order to do what we want to do."
Shaw also re-iterated the need for the squad to prepare in the same, professional manner as they do every game and not to panic when things don’t go as planned.
He explained: “We’ve lost back to back games before but it doesn’t happen too often, there are no drastic measures; it’s the same as when we win, you have to go through the processes of finding out why and try to put a finger on things and go about your business of getting better again.”
“We never, ever do anything rash whatever happens and for a great deal of the Gloucester game we were in control and then at the weekend Exeter just played better than us.
“We’re pretty aware of what happened but as always we come into training on the Monday and we get on with our work.”