Nov 27, 2017
Skelton Pleased With Physicality
Saracens lock Will Skelton has praised his teammates’ physicality and fight after a narrow defeat to Exeter on Sunday afternoon.
The Wallaby was making his first league start back at Allianz Park following a successful spell at the club last season and impressed with his hard carrying and tackling against the Premiership holders Exeter.
Sarries set the early pace in the game with tries from Alex Goode and Schalk Brits before a tight finish resulted in a scrappy winning try for the Chiefs. The narrow defeat keeps Sarries in second, five points away from the Devonians who top the standings after nine games.
With the game coming down to such slim margins, Skelton complimented his teammates’ graft and determination in a game which could have gone either way.
The 25-year old said: “Obviously disappointed with the result but I thought the boys showed some fight, and a lot of it, especially in our ’22; we held them out and put them under a lot of pressure there but credit to Exeter, they executed their game plan and we didn’t do enough on the night.
“The fight that we showed was extremely encouraging along with the physicality that we brought within our ’22 area, we felt comfortable on our own line but there were just a few moments where we let slip and they took their opportunities.
“We look out for each other and are renowned for our defence, I think that showed tonight; in key parts of the game Exeter got over the top but for the most part of the game we were awesome, feeling really comfortable and bringing a lot of energy.
This week marks the return of the majority of the Saracens players who have been away on international duty with their countries and they will face a big test next weekend as they travel to the Stoop to face Harlequins. Skelton, though, says that he is looking forward to the challenge.
He explained: “I just try to execute my own game, whether that’s on the bench or from the start I just do what’s best for the team; next week we’ve got a big challenge against Quins which is always a good game.
“I haven’t played them in the Premiership yet so hopefully the same energy is there and we bring the physicality again”