The Player of the Year accolade might not have reached Saracens but they are determined to make up for it.
RPA awards are one of the several chances that come by the way of the teams. Even though Saracens was unable to win that award this time, it has simply strengthened their determination to win some more.
RPA awards represent Rugby Players’ Association. It is an honor that most team players look forward to winning through the respective roles they play for their teams. The Saracens team had been up to try for the Premiership double as well as the European Champions Cup. However, most of the players like George Kruis, Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje could not make the shortlisted list of five players who were taken up for the honor. Itoje was nominated for the Young Plyer of the Year however. As per the chairman of the club, they are not really bothered about individual accolades as team accolades are more important now.
Hence, the focus of the team is to win more trophies. They have a thousand tries in the Premiership league that has won them third place. Nigel Wray, the chairman of the club, is confident that the level of rugby played by the team is superior. Hence, the team simply needs to keep up their performance levels and deliver on the field. The team has finished on top this regular season. The nominations for RPA mostly consisted of Wasps who were able to impress their peers. The nominations were taken from a ballot that included Premiership player names. One of the reasons could be that the Sarries play their games based on kick chase strategy while Wasps have a running style that impresses the judges more.