Not satisfied with their superb performance in defeating Leinster Rugby in the Heineken Champions Cup final nearly three weeks ago, Saracens centre Alex Lozowski has revealed how the London club have pledged to up their game for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership final.
The England international, whose defence was key to Sarries’ 20-10 success in Newcastle, says that the three-time Champions Cup winners are eager to end their memorable season by beating Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham and so matching their European-domestic double of 2016.
He told Saracens’ official website: “We spoke after the last final about how we wanted to crack on and keep getting better. We saw glimpses of that, but hopefully there’s more to come against Exeter.”
Saracens ensured there was no hangover from their Champions Cup final victory by beating Gloucester Rugby 44-19 in last weekend’s Premiership semi-final at Allianz Park.
Lozowski continued: “Gloucester showed their teeth early on and got off to a great start, which was a bit of a nightmare for us.
“We knew it was going to be really hard, but to come back from that early setback shows the character of the boys and the team spirit.”
Saturday will be a particularly poignant occasion for 35-year-old winger David Strettle, who will hang up his boots after the final, following 17 years in the game.
“You can enjoy sport from the spectator’s side, have a few beers before the game and become that guy where the older you get the better, you were,” joked the former England, Harlequins and ASM Clermont Auvergne back.
“Having experienced how much is required from you at this level, to go and just enjoy it from a spectator’s point of view will be really nice.”
Strettle finished his European career in style with his first winners’ medal in any EPCR competition earlier this month. Altogether, he played 70 games and scored 20 tries, with all but four of those matches and one of those tries coming in the European Cup.