Rugby Union: Saracens scrum half Ben Spencer knows where team must improve ahead of hosting Wasps in Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 May 2018
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Sarries ended regular season with 62-12 win over Gloucester last Saturday
Saracens have two weeks to prepare for their Aviva Premiership semi-final at home to Wasps, and Ben Spencer knows exactly what the north Londoners must work on.
The Allianz Park outfit ended the regular season with a 62-12 demolition of Gloucester — the fourth game in a row they have amassed over 40 points.
However, Mark McCall’s men had to recover from going behind twice early on to triumph over the West Country club.
And despite Sarries’ recent brilliant scoring record, Spencer knows the team can ill-afford another slow start when they host Wasps on May 19 in the semi-finals.
“We’re delighted with how the past few weeks have gone. We spoke before the game about how we wanted to start,” the scrum half told the club website.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts, so that’s something we have to work on in the next two weeks. Hopefully we can start big in the semi-final.”
Spencer found himself in an unusual position against Gloucester, with the scrum half having to fill in on the wing after Saracens suffered a few injuries in the backs.
The 26-year-old certainly enjoyed himself on the wing, scoring two of the nine tries in the rout.
And Spencer revealed he was happy to help out where he could as long as it meant he was playing for the Allianz Park side.
“I’ve played at wing a few times before this season and in previous seasons and I was happy just to get on,” he added.
“The boys put in a hell of a shift and I’m happy with our performance, but we have a big two weeks ahead of us now.”
Sean Maitland, Liam Williams, Juan Figallo, Maro Itoje and Chris Wyles also dotted down, while Saracens were awarded a penalty try and Owen Farrell contributed 13 points against Gloucester.
Spencer’s brace, though, saw him finish as the north Londoners’ top try scorer in the Aviva Premiership this term.
And the scrum half paid tribute to his team mates after collecting the accolade following the win.
“It feels good. A lot of it is down to the hard work the boys put in on the pitch,” he said.
“I just have to be there to support sometimes and that’s what I’ve done this season. I was happy to score again.”