Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell is adamant there is more to come from his side after securing back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby crowns with victory over Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Farrell kicked 13 points as Sarries overcame the Chiefs 28-20 at Twickenham, becoming the first English club since Wasps in 2004 to complete the league and European double.
And Farrell, who also scored 18 of Saracens’ 28 points in the 2015 final, believes his side still have plenty in the tank for next year’s campaign as they look to emulate Wasps’ three successive championships from a decade previous.
“We can’t get any better than this year. We’ve just got to make sure we’re up there every year,” said Farrell, who already has three Aviva Premiership Rugby crowns, aged just 24.
“We’ve got a brilliant squad here and a cracking group of lads that just want to keep on getting better and we’ve got to make sure we keep doing that.
“Some of my best mates are at this club, lads I’ve known since I was 14. It’s an amazing achievement, especially having so many involved in the England set-up for the World Cup and Six Nations
“You hope this is just the start for us. It’s not like it’s an old group, some of us have been here for a long time but are still young. Hopefully, this is just the start and we carry on like this for a long time.
“We saw Maro [Itoje] come in last year, he’s only 21 and if people like that keep coming and we keep adding some signings along the way, hopefully by the time this group gets through together there’ll be another one coming through.”
Mark McCall’s side stormed to a 23-3 lead at Twickenham, with Farrell converting Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles tries, while also kicking three penalties.
But Exeter fought to within three points through Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell scores, while Alex Goode sealed Sarries’ victory, the perfect preparation for Farrell and England’s upcoming Test series in Australia beginning on June 11.
And while Charlie Hodgson was unable to sign his career off in style with a conversion, Farrell paid testament to the 3,000 points amassed in his team-mates’ 16-year career.
He added: “Going to a new environment freshens us up; training will be different and games will be different. You don’t have to worry about lads refocusing for a tour to Australia.
“When we lost to New Zealand [in 2014], Saracens lost two finals in two weeks, and I just wanted to keep playing and not end on a bad note.
“Unfortunately that didn’t work out, but it is what is, it’s what’s in front of you and everyone will put everything into it.
“Charlie is brilliant. He came in the year after I started and a person of that experience and quality, to learn off him and spend time with him and be around him every day to see how he works is brilliant. I’m glad it’s finished well for him.”