‘More to come from Sarries’ – Goode

Date published: April 20 2016

Saracens full-back Alex Goode insists they have much more to offer as they go in search of a place in the Champions Cup Final against Wasps on Saturday.

The two English heavyweights go head-to-head in their semi-final at the Majedski Stadium in Reading and Goode insists there's more to come from his side, who finished the pool stage of the tournament with a 100 percent winning record before beating Northampton in the quarter-finals.

No team has gone on to win the competition after winning all their pool matches but Goode feels Sarries' mentality has played a crucial role in their fine run so far.

"We're not getting ahead of ourselves we certainly know there are lots of things we can work on," he told  EPC Rugby.

"Especially over the last two games there have been areas where we can improve but we've got a good group here and we are in a good mind-set and don't get ahead of ourselves.

"We will go back to the drawing board and look at how we can get better. Certainly we have a good group of guys who are always eager to get better. It makes for a good environment.

"We expect a lot as a group and of each other and that's a good mentality to have. We will never think we are the finished article.

"It's the best environment we've had at Saracens for quite a long time because we are constantly striving to get better and drive each other along."

Goode is thrilled to take on another Premiership side in the semi-finals and praised the strength of the English in Europe's premier cup competition.

"Maybe with all the English sides there was an element of frustration from the World Cup and players really wanted to get out there and play well," he added.

"Over the last few years there have also been a few unlucky sides in this competition who've just come up short. Last year we came up short in the semi-final by a very fine margin.

"I don't think it's all been doom and gloom over the last few years and I don't think it's been revolutionised over the last few months but it's great to see so many English teams doing well.

"The national team doing well with the Grand Slam was excellent and hopefully we can keep getting better year-on-year and pushing for these major honours."