Jan 14, 2016
Women's skipper Green looks ahead to final
Saracens Women’s captain Sonia Green has hailed her team’s performance following their 19-12 semi-final victory over Lichfield on Sunday.
A spirited second half performance, including tries from Lauren Cattell and Poppy Cleall, helped Saracens Women book a place in the Premiership final and take a step closer to regaining their title.
The reigning champions were pushed all the way by a tenacious Lichfield side at Allianz Park and Green believes her side’s attitude was the key to their success.
Speaking after the victory she said: “I am so proud of the team's performance yesterday. For those of you watching or following on social media you will know that it certainly was a game of two halves. The girls were able to adjust our game plan and act on the feedback from the coaching staff. It is never easy being down by a try at half time and the team’s performance proved we had the right attitude to act on feedback and improve our performance.”
“Lichfield are a very strong team that have developed this season” added Green. “They have strength and depth in their squad with a number of international players. We knew that they were worthy of their top 4 position in the Premiership and their dominance at set piece showed this”
Saracens will face table-toppers Richmond in the inaugural Women’s premiership final on Sunday in a clash that promises to thrill the Twickenham Stoop crowd.
“Richmond and Saracens have a deep history of being Premiership rivals” said Green. “There isn’t a season that goes by that a Saracens vs Richmond game that isn’t without excitement and this season has been no different. Richmond beat Saracens at home at the start of the season and we responded with an away win in our second meeting this year.
“Sunday will be no different to any other and both teams are worthy of being Premiership finalists. It will be a tough battle that will make for a thrilling game to watch. We both know each other well and will focus on a new game plan for this weekend’s clash.”
The show-piece event will immediately follow the Harlequins vs Cardiff Blues Challenge Cup clash and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 5, making history as the first ever Women’s league televised match.
Green added: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the players, from both teams, to show off just how good they are this weekend. I hope that this weekend’s game attracts a large crowd both on Sky and at The Stoop.
“For those that follow the Premiership they know that a Saracens/Richmond final will be a worthwhile watch; for those that are new to the Women’s Premiership I urge them to come along as I can guarantee them an entertaining end to an awesome Season so far.”