Goode: We just want to get bet­ter and bet­ter

The Rugby Paper - - European Champions Cup Final Verdict - NEALE HAR­VEY

SARA­CENS full-back Alex Goode praised the com­po­sure of his team­mates af­ter scor­ing another late match­win­ning try to seal vic­tory over Cler­mont.

Long-serv­ing Goode stretched over at the death to dash Ex­eter’s hopes in last year’s Premier­ship fi­nal and re­peated the dose in Ed­in­burgh, get­ting on the end of a thrilling mul­ti­phase move to break the French out­fit’s hearts. Goode told The Rugby

Pa­per: “It was a bril­liant at­tack from the whole team lead­ing to it.

“We went from well in­side our own half on a kick re­turn and went through phase af­ter phase, show­ing that from one to 15 we could all hit holes and play.

“We knew Cler­mont were a top side and that it could take un­til the 70th minute to break them down, but we re­ally started to stress them to­wards the end and I was the lucky one out wide to go through the gap and fin­ish them off.”

With a se­cond Euro­pean Cup win, Sara­cens are cre­at­ing the kind of dy­nasty Bath, Le­ices­ter and Wasps have en­joyed in the past.

Goode sees no rea­son why they should stop, adding: “I don’t think we’re fo­cussing on that, but we are fo­cussing on get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“The great thing is we’re still a young group and we’ll be back in a cou­ple of days see­ing where we can im­prove and that’s the beauty of it.

“The two Euro­pean Cup semi-fi­nals and the fi­nal we lost pro­vided bril­liant learn­ing and we con­tinue to build on our ex­pe­ri­ences – you saw that.

“Teams en­joy pur­ple patches against us – like Mun­ster in the first 10-15 min­utes and Cler­mont to­day – but you learn how to ride the storms.

“When Cler­mont scored their 100-me­tre try and got to within a point there was no panic – we were com­posed, fixed it and went on to win.”

Goode can­not find favour with Eng­land boss Ed­die Jones but is price­less to Sara­cens.

He said: “You just have to come back to Sara­cens and play well. It’s another great win and we’ll travel to Ex­eter with con­fi­dence.”

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