After beating Saracens Storm 49-31 to make it to this season’s Aviva ‘A’ League final, the Wanderers now face Gloucester United at Franklin’s Gardens next Monday (May 1st) in the title clash.
Sam Olver and Gareth Denman said that the whole side is excited for the challenge of next week’s final and that Monday night’s game set them in good stead to take on Gloucester on Bank Holiday Monday.
“We’re really excited for next week,” Olver said when the pair spoke to SaintsTV after the game.
“I thought the forwards fronted up really well and put us backs in a good position to attack.”
“I thought the boys really pulled in today,” Denman added, “They gave front foot ball to the backs, then they did the business.”
Olver said that while it took the Wanderers a while to settle into things against Saracens, the backs stepped up to show they pace and put points on the board.
“I thought early on we struggled a bit with the wind and our exits but as soon as it opened up we could show the pace we’ve got on the wings with Tom Collins and Juan Pablo Estelles. It was outstanding their finishes at the end.”
With Olver scoring 19 of the Wanderers’ 49 points, Denman said that the fly-half’s consistency in his placekicking kept the game ticking over and held the Wanderers’ lead well.
“He’s metronomic is our Teth, he doesn’t miss them from out wide,” Denman commented, “But seriously, he had a really good game, his kicking was crucial throughout the game so pat on the back for him.”
The prop also mentioned that the disappointment that of the past few years, where the Wanderers have reached the final but fallen at the final hurdle, will spur them on to perform in front of a home crowd next Monday.
“It’s massive for us. We’ve made three finals in the last four years and we’ve not won those. So we want to be really giving it our all to try and win and get a bit of silverware this year.”
The Wanderers need every voice behind them as they host Gloucester United in the Aviva 'A' League final next Monday at Franklin's Gardens so make your voice count and book your ticket to be there HERE.