Alex Lozowski wants to repeat Saracens’ double success
Saracens became only the second club after Leicester to win a European and Premiership trophy double twice.
Alex Lozowski has underlined Saracens’ desire to “do it all again” next season after they completed a European and domestic trophy double.
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For a second time in four campaigns, Saracens added Premiership title glory to Heineken Champions Cup success – a double double that only Leicester had previously achieved.
It was their fifth Premiership crown and eighth major trophy since Mark McCall took charge in 2011.
And they had to do it the hard way, fighting back from 11 points adrift with 20 minutes left to win an epic Twickenham encounter 37-34 against Exeter.
The teams shared 10 tries, with Exeter opening their account through a Nic White touchdown after just 28 seconds, before Saracens wings Liam Williams and Sean Maitland scored during an eight-minute spell that turned the final on its head.
Saracens’ triumph came just three weeks after they defeated Leinster to conquer Europe.
“I think everyone has worked so hard to get here,” Saracens and England centre Lozowski said.
“Some of those lads were involved in the 2016 one (double) as well. I think we will probably enjoy the next few days and then reflect and realise what a great achievement it is.
“Maybe when we all retire and hang up our boots it will be nice to look back on.
“The boys are all so hungry, and I think they want to enjoy the off-season, come back and then do it all again.”
Saracens again underlined their remarkable recovery powers – a quality that surfaced in the Champions Cup final when they were 10-0 down to Leinster, had lost both starting props to injury and saw Maro Itoje sin-binned.
Lozowski added: “The games were different challenges thrown at us, and they play in different ways.
“You have to give credit to Exeter and the way they played, and it definitely felt like a harder game to come back from, I think.
“Credit our boys for having the team spirit and the belief to come back. I am not sure how we won, to be honest.
“Probably at the end, it was a kind of a weird feeling because we knew we didn’t really play that well, but you quickly forget about that, and who cares? We’ve won the double, so that’s all good.
“We are not the finished article, and we have all got to have a look at that game and how we can be better.
“We want to come back better next season, because we know that everyone else will be doing the same. Other teams are gunning for you, and hopefully if we get to more big games like that, we play better than that.”
Exeter’s fourth successive Premiership final appearance ended in a third defeat – all against Saracens – and they also saw full-back Jack Nowell hobble off with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
England international Nowell’s elusive running and ability to break tackles placed Saracens on the back foot time and again, and England boss Eddie Jones will be among those awaiting a fitness update.
“I would imagine it will be the usual story – until he has a scan we won’t know,” Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter said.
“It looked like his ankle, and he has had a couple of ankle issues this season.
“He was outstanding. He was very difficult to put on the floor, very strong, quick and elusive.”