Fixtures - Top Bar

Malins: Inspirational Farrell spurred us on

Max Malins is hoping to emulate hero Owen Farrell after inspiring Saracens to victory in The Premiership Rugby / RFU U18 Academy Final.

The young Sarries fought back to beat defending champions Northampton Saints 23-19 in an enthralling final at Allianz Park, with fly-half Malins kicking eight points.

Farrell, who also came through the youth set up at Saracens, was in attendance on the day and offered the young side a few wise words before kick-off.

“We didn’t know Owen was coming but for the boys to see him it was just such an inspiration for us all,” said Malins. 

“He’s been through this academy and has made it all the way through to play for England – for me as a No.10, to see him give me my shirt was incredible.

“When I’ve been training with the first team he’s been a great role model and to be around him is just great for my development.

“He has already improved my kicking and I’m going to continue looking up to him and learning from him.”

Farrell, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, spoke to the players about the need for a final mentality, according to academy manager Don Barrell.

And the players clearly took that message on board as flanker Ethan Waddleton crashed over with just four minutes on the clock.

Saints battled back to take the lead and looked on course to retain the crown, before Malins set up Nick Ramsey's last-gasp try.

“We really had to dig in and we came through it very well and getting that try late on was brilliant,” added Malins.

“We came out and did something we’ve never had to do before, we’re such a close team and that proved it in the last ten minutes.

“Personally I didn’t think it was going to be our day but thankfully at the end there was a bit of space on the wing and Nick got in.”

Having already been on the bench for an LV= Cup fixture against London Welsh earlier this month, Malins is now hoping to make the transition into the first team full-time.

But with Farrell and Premiership record points scorer Charlie Hodgson ahead of him in the pecking order, the youngster admits he will have to bide his time.

“Saracens have got some great fly-halves so it’s going to be difficult for me but I’m going to take it step by step,” he said.

“I’ve been playing for Sarries for the last couple of years so hopefully I can build a career here.”

Get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Visit http://www.tickethour.co.uk/premierrugby/ to take advantage of this great offer.

Latest News

Match Report: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Leicester Tigers’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim…

Myler still dreaming of top four with Northampton Saints

He has been the cornerstone of Northampton’s back-line for more than a decade and fly-half Stephen Myler insists he will…

Stephen Myler

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby

Evans determined for a Harlequins top-six finish

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans is determined to drive Harlequins to a top-six finish as the Aviva Premiership Rugby season reaches…