Owen Farrell and Alex Goode, the two perennial goal kickers for Saracens will be flown over to Cardiff and back again for their Kicking practice. Mark McCall’s extensive preparation could be crucial in what is expected to be a tight encounter. In a bid to keep squad spirit, they are flown back so they can all leave together on the coach.
“We like players to be in their own beds on the night before a game and we want to keep things as normal as possible,” Mark McCall, Saracens director of rugby, said. “Obviously, we are aware of the magnitude of this match and we are chuffed to be involved after the huge regret of last season when we lost in two semi-finals. I have been thrilled at the way we have trained on Monday and Tuesday. We have got a shot now at the big prize and we are in the best position we could possibly be in.”
Saracens do have a mammoth 3 weeks, they’ve already won a semi-final v a strong Harlequins team, now they head to Cardiff to play European Champions Toulon in arguably the biggest game in Saracens history. Then, with the hangover of victory or despair form the final, they head to Twickenham to an incredibly dangerous team in Northampton. I believe they can win one final, but not two. The emotional and physical toll is incredibly tough, therefore planning and preparation is so important for Success. Saracens have been redeveloped by their win over Clermont, yet fans shouldn’t be brought into the hype. Clermont were poor that day, and Saracens got some lucky bounces and decisions that guided them to victory. They are still the same team that lost to Toulouse home and away, and only scraped past a 14 man Ulster. They shouldn’t forget that. They are the underdogs, yet they will take confidence from the semi-final.
Steve Borthwick -who was originally deemed unfit for the final- might yet be able to play a part in what will be his swansong appearances for the club. Borthwick left the field 10 minutes before the end of last weekend’s Premiership semi-final defeat of London rivals Harlequins. “It is no better than 50-50 but there is a chance he might yet make it,” McCall said. “If he doesn’t, then it would only go to prove just how unfair life is. No guy deserves a proper send-off more than Steve. He has been a tremendous leader. He has not been able to train yet but he has made some progress.” Time will see.