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Sanderson targets LV= Cup glory

27th January 2014 06:03

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Hunger: Alex Sanderson

Saracens coach Alex Sanderson has underlined that the club are hungry to win the LV= Cup after losing last season's final.

The London club missed out on last season's final, crashing out in the semi-finals to Sale Sharks.

However Sunday's easy win over Newcastle Falcons, despite playing Super Rugby side the Sharks the day before, has put Saracens in with a chance to make a semi-final this year, if they can get past Northampton.

The Saints crushed Saracens on their visit to Franklin's Gardens in the Aviva Premiership earlier this season, but Sanderson remained confident and admitted Saracens would send a stronger squad than they normally field in the competition.

"After last season's disappointment, we want to win the LV=Cup," said Sanderson.

"It is always tough up there (at Northampton) and we were embarrassed there last time.

"We have to secure a home semi-final and we will be sending a slightly stronger squad next week but the core of the players will remain the same.

"We were rusty in the first half, the work rate and intensity was there but we were lacking execution. In the second half, because of the pitch at Allianz Park, teams tend to tire and opportunities arise."

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