Farrell relieved after Saracens triumph

Date published: May 30 2015

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Premiership Final man of the match Owen Farrell was thrilled to be part of Saracens title triumph after a prolonged time on the sidelines.

Farrell finished with 18 points including the game's opening try in a high-calibre outing for the England number ten.

A knee injury ruled Farrell out of the whole Six Nations and he only made his return to action in mid-April, but the British and Irish Lions player has been outstanding both in the Premiership semi-final win over Northampton and on Saturday at Twickenham.

"It's been tough to sit on the sidelines and watch these lads work hard in training day in and day out to improve, and you can't be out there with them," said Farrell.

"Not everything has gone our way on the field – we've finished top the last couple of years and come away with nothing. To have to fight for fourth place and then to come through is brilliant.

"It's weird. It's relief almost. You want to win it so much and do it for your mates and be part of something special with the group that you're with."

Farrell's high tackle on Anthony Watson ended the Bath full-back's match early after only a couple of minutes, with Mike Ford believing the challenge was worthy of a red card. Defending the incident, Farrell said he had apologised to Watson.

"There was no intention from me. I feel bad that Ant had to go off but there was no intent from me and there never would be in that kind of situation, I'm not that kind of player. Things like this happen in rugby."

In a clash of styles Saracens control of the contest through their kicking game and retention of possession proved to be the big difference in contrast with Bath's eagerness to attack. Questioned about the criticism of Saracens' approach from some quarters, Farrell said it meant nothing to him or the side.

"People can talk about what they want to talk about. What matters is what's we're talking about on the inside, what we think of ourselves and how honest we are.

"We're the ones that put the work in and go out there with a plan which we think works. Credit to the boys that we stuck to it."

Next for the 23-year-old is the preparation for the Rugby World Cup with England and Farrell is going into camp with his mind on improving his skills rather than focusing on winning back the number ten shirt.

"I'm going in to become a better player, to get stuck into my training and be the best that I can be and do the best for the team.

"I'm chuffed to be involved and ready to give everything to it."

After his outstanding performances over the last two weeks, he has given Stuart Lancaster plenty to think about.

by Ben Coles at Twickenham

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