Jun 06, 2019
Somehow this group found a way - Wigglesworth
Richard Wigglesworth has been involved in many big occasions over the years but Saracens’ comeback against Exeter Chiefs in the Gallagher Premiership final is up there as one of the best.
On the hour the Men in Black were trailing 27-16 following Henry Slade’s score in the corner and looked out on their feet.
But, like against Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup final, they found a way to claw their way back into the contest with Liam Williams’ leap above Joe Simmonds before dotting down setting the tone.
Wigglesworth was full of praise for his teammates for the rugby produced in an extraordinary final quarter.
He said: “Somehow this group found a way to play their best rugby in the last 25 minutes when they were absolutely out on their feet. What a credit they all are and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this group.
“They scored that try and went 11 in front, missed the kick and the lads just went ‘right, let’s go!’. Sanj gets the kick-off back, scores in the corner after that and then the energy went through the roof.
“I don’t think we’ve played better than that; you don’t often see sides come back from an 11-point deficit in a final when you’re tired. What a feeling.”
Wigglesworth won the double with Saracens in 2016 and his sixth Premiership title is a record for an individual player.
Winning both trophies in one season twice has only been done by one English side and the scrum-half believes the feat will be appreciated more in years to come.
“It’s incredible hard to do,” he said.
“This year we had a week off after the European final which made a lot of difference.
“At the moment it’s hard to know how to feel but I’m sure when I get even older I’ll appreciate just how hard it is to do.”