Dec 16, 2018
We showed great character - Austerberry
Head coach Alex Austerberry believes the way Saracens Women braved horrendous conditions to beat Richmond Women 48-0 on Saturday is an indication of the team’s character.
The Women in Black (at least for the first half, before they changed into the red away strip at half-time to keep warm) maintained their impressive form, defying the freezing temperatures and driving rain at Allianz Park to record their fourth consecutive victory to nil.
The result kept them at the top of the Tyrrells Premier 15s table, four points clear of Harlequins Ladies.
“It was testament to the character of the team in very difficult conditions that we stopped a team crossing our line for a fourth game,” said Austerberry. “It was very impressive.
“There were some errors in our defensive systems, but the character the girls showed was immensely pleasing and a is real reflection of the character of the group.
“You have to give credit to both teams because it was horrific out there. There were some real challenges physically and mentally for every player, but the girls stepped up to the mark. It wasn’t the perfect performance but it was an impressive performance given the conditions. It wasn’t about the execution today but the character.”
A hat-trick of tries each for number eight Bryony Cleall and wing Georgie Lingham formed the basis of the win as Saracens overpowered Richmond in every area of the pitch.
“We showed a good balance in our defence and attack,” Austerberry added. “For the forwards, it was a game where we had to be smart, and some of the platforms the group gave us enabled Georgie (Lingham) to be free on the wing.
“I thought Bryony Cleall was outstanding today. She put in a really good shift.”
Saracens Women’s last game this year is against Wasps Ladies away on Saturday 22nd December.