Sep 10, 2018
The performance was very encouraging - Austerberry
Alex Austerberry was delighted with Saracens Women’s display in the opening round of the 2018/19 Tyrrells Premier 15s at Firwood Waterloo Ladies.
The Women in Black ran in six tries to earn a 38-5 victory at the Memorial Ground, which sees them sit top of the table on points difference.
Several players put in impressive shifts and head coach Austerberry was particularly happy with his side’s defensive efforts.
“Opening games of the season are always interesting to see how we will perform under pressure,” he said.
“A physical side in Waterloo away from home was always going to highlight where we are as a side. To come here and win and gain a bonus point was a great start and the performance was very encouraging.
“There are lots of things to be happy with including the performances of individuals such as Georgie Lingham, Nina playing at 10 and a player of the match performance from Bryony Cleall. Credit also must go to Sonia Green a stalwart of the club who truly embodies what it is to be a Saracen with a great shift full of energy and work rate. For her efforts she was awarded our TSPDS Fez.”
Austerberry continued: “Defensively we stepped up from our last hit out and our set-piece gave us a real platform. We made strides in terms of our desire to be physical, confrontational and hunt the ball.
“In attack we showed real glimpses of quality and our ability to penetrate the line in different ways was evident.”
Despite the commanding victory, Austerberry has highlighted certain areas Sarries need to improve in to maintain their high standards.
“In attack we created opportunities and made line breaks which was positive to see but we were wasteful at time. We need to ensure that we value our end product and ultimately finish these opportunities.
“We will need to improve our breakdown work in terms of our speed and effectiveness as we did give the ball hawks in the opposition too many chances to get on the ball. Credit must go to Waterloo. They applied lots of pressure but going forward we will need to be able to execute our core skills consistently.
“No team, and certainly no coaching group will ever be completely happy with a performance but we were certainly pleased with the manner we played, our ability to manage the game for large parts and ultimately the result. We know we have things to work on and we are all excited about the potential we have as a group and the challenge we have ahead to unlock that potential.”
Saracens Women take on Worcester Valkyries at Allianz Park on Saturday 15th September. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.