Sale Sharks vs Saracens 10.03.13

Posted on: 05 March 2014

Saracens’ hopes of an unprecedented treble ended yesterday after a weakened side lost 21-15 to Sale Sharks in the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final.

Despite a spirited performance from Sarries, they failed to take advantage of the conditions in the first half and tries from Tom Holmes and Nathan Fowles either side of the break earned the hosts a tie against Harlequins in the first domestic final of the season on Sunday.

There were a few positives for the Saracens coaches. The performances of full-back, Ben Ransom, and namesake, Ben Spencer, at scrum-half, who contributed all of the visitor’s points earned high praise from the Sky Sports commentators.

Forwards coach Alex Sanderson was philosophical in defeat. He said: “The boys are gutted as it's a big opportunity for them. We played well in the first half, but perhaps didn't take advantage of the conditions.

“You learn more from your losses than your wins. These mistakes are magnified in big games, and these are the boys who'll be starting in the first team next year, so it's right that they learn that.”

The squad now takes a week’s well-earned rest before a top-of-the-table clash against Premiership champions, Harlequins, at Allianz Park on Sunday 24th March.

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Next game (Premiership): Saracens v Harlequins at Allianz Park, at 14:00 on Sunday 24th March 2013.