‘We knew we had a special group’ – Goode

Date published: May 28 2016

Saracens full-back Alex Goode was instrumental in his side holding out against a second-half backlash from a spirited Exeter to win the Premiership 28-20.

Goode, who ended the Chiefs hopes after he completed a cleverly worked team try, was incredible on the day and he always knew that his side could pull off such an accomplishment.

"Look it is an unbelievable achievement by the boys. I think when we set out at the start of the season we knew we had a special group. It's unbelievable, it's the perfect way to finish the season," he said.

The former University of Hertfordshire student was then asked how the game plan was instituted to which he replied: "We know they are a top side and they have proved that all year. We just thought we needed to start well and come out with a bang to put pressure on them. We were pretty clinical every time we got into their half. It was a brilliant first half from the boys.

Goode was also asked if the Chiefs intensity ever had him questioning their lead in the game.

"No I didn't think we would run out of gas," he said. "They are a quality side and we knew they would come back at us and they did.Fair play to them, they threw everything at us. But we held the tide and controlled the game towards the end."

The Premiership player of the season added on his try: "It was great play by the boys to keep hold of the ball. And for once it was Chris Ashton who passed at the end. It was great for the team. It's an incredibly special group."