Jan 25, 2015
Quarter final berth pleases Hargreaves
Saracens captain Alistair Hargreaves hailed his sides progression into the last eight of the European Champions Cup, in the wake of their 18-6 defeat away to French side ASM Clermont Auvergne.
The lock-forward conceded the feeling amongst the Saracens squad was "bitter-sweet" in the immediate aftermath of their loss to the French league leaders, but was delighted with north Londoner's for progressing into the quarter finals where they'll meet Parisian side, Racing Metro.
Speaking after the game at the Stade Marcel-Michelin, Hargreaves said: "It's a bitter-sweet feeling. It's disappointing not to have come away with the win but we can take a lot of positives from tonight's game. We've been in this position before, like we were last year, and this group loves a challenge. So we've got a lot to look forward to going into the quarter finals in Paris.
"We don't like losing, but we managed to do some really good stuff today. We showed a lot of commitment and I thought we controlled the game for large parts and we were right in the contest throughout. Unfortunately we made two errors in defence, and they punished us on both occasions."
On qualification he added: "It really was a quality Pool. Sale were excellent and pushed everyone in the Pool all the way, and Clermont and Munster were in the semi-finals last year - so we always knew it was going to be tough. I think we can hold our heads up and be proud with the way we beat Munster and Clermont at Allianz Park - we're making it a really tough place for teams to come and play."