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Brown leads praise as Saracens Storm claim Premiership Rugby Shield

Brown leads praise as Saracens Storm claim Premiership Rugby Shield

Kelly Brown was delighted to cap an outstanding weekend for Saracens after his Storm side claimed the Premiership Rugby Shield title in emphatic style.

The Londoners made it two trophies in the same city in just three days as they toppled Newcastle Falcons A 55-14 at Kingston Park, after the club had sealed Champions Cup glory on Saturday down the road at St James’ Park.

And Saracens legend-turned Academy coach Brown believes it’s merely proof that the winning mindset has permeated the club from top to bottom.

“It’s exciting, but it’s also hard for them to watch that game on Saturday, and so this was their Champions Cup final – it was brilliant to see them do their bit for the club,” he said.

“We take the Premiership Rugby Shield and Cup and Sevens – all of them – very seriously. We’ve got a lot of faith in our academy.

“These guys work hard because they understand the pressure of keeping on improving Saracens as a club because we know we have got so much more and so many more areas that we can improve in, and that’s what we’ll keep on striving to do.

“Saturday was fantastic and the senior team played really well, and for these boys to back it up; they knew it was their turn tonight and worked incredibly hard, so all of the coaches and all of the club are very proud of them.”

Storming starts to both the first and second half hit the Falcons – who had the best record in the tournament heading into their home final – cold, with early scores from Tom Whiteley, Joel Kpoku and Charlie Watson giving the visitors a healthy lead going into half time.

And just as the Falcons looked to be gaining a foothold in proceedings, Saracens hit another gear, much to the pleasure of Brown.

“We started well in attack over the whole of the first half, but we weren’t too happy with our defence at half time,” he continued.

“We set the challenge to really crank it up in the second half and put them under a lot of pressure.

“I think it showed in the second half; we had unbelievable line speed; all of the boys worked hard and we were very physical.

“I thought we made a lot of good options, that our attacking breakdown was brilliant.

“If you get over the gain-line and if you’re efficient at the breakdown then that’s going to give you fast ball and freedom to play.”

“I’m just proud of all of the effort that these guys have put in.”

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