Saracens centre Streather: Cup victory over Exeter was a big boost ahead of Bath clash
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 February 2015
2014 Matthew Impey
Tim Streather believes Saracens’ victory over Exeter Chiefs in Sunday’s LV=Cup clash will provide them with a confidence boost ahead of their top-four Premiership clash against Bath at Allianz Park on Sunday.
The 25-year-old centre, who touched down in Saracens’ entertaining 35-18 home win against the cup holders Exeter, believes the “composed” nature of the Hendon outfit’s performance will provide a welcome shot in the arm ahead of Sunday’s showdown, as third-placed Sarries host second-placed Bath.
“Sunday is going to massive for both sides,” said Streather. “Bath have been in superb form all season and, much like ourselves, they have a quality squad to call upon during the international period.
“We are going to have to be at our best on Sunday if we are going to win the game, but we are facing Bath on the back of a really impressive performance that has provided the squad with a lot of momentum.
“It [the win against Exeter] felt like one of our most composed performances as a side together. It was a great performance and one that was a pleasure to have been a part of.
“We can use the good feeling from last weekend’s result going into this weekend. There are parts of the Exeter performance that we can build on going into a massive game against one of the form teams of this season.”
Streather’s first-half score was one of five as Saracens overcame the Chiefs to book a home semi-final against Northampton Saints.
“It was great to cross for a try,” he said. “It’s been great to get a run of games together and with every match I’m feeling that little bit sharper. It’s always great to score in a game like Sunday’s, but more to the point it helps us get to the semi-finals.
“We have a very strong young group of players. In this group we are still unbeaten in all our games during the A-League and the LV= Cup. Now we have a huge game against Saints in the semi-
final, and this is a special group and one that is capable of getting to the final.
“We had the same tie last year [against Northampton], but away from home. They put out a full-strength side then and I think they will probably do the same this time around.
“It will be different this year as we’ll be at home and we will be playing in front of our home fans. We definitely want to go one step further and that’s the aim so far.
“We’ve answered every question asked of us so far this season, so this is certainly the biggest challenge for this group and hopefully we can go a step further and get to the final.”
Saracens will face Northampton in the LV=Cup semi-final on March 14, kick-off 12.30pm. Ticket details are available on Saracens.com.