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Shaw hails Spencer display


Ben Spencer was the hero in Saracens' win over Ospreys

Ben Spencer was the hero in Saracens' win over Ospreys

Ben Spencer was the hero in Saracens' win over Ospreys

Saracens coach Joe Shaw hailed the performance of Ben Spencer after the scrum-half kicked the Londoners to a 21-9 victory over the Ospreys at the Gnoll.

Spencer slotted seven of his nine kicks in the LV= Cup victory.

"We need to give a special mention to Ben Spencer. His kicking was red hot," said Shaw.

"He's as good a kicker as I have ever seen. He is comfortable with both feet and he's an incredible goal kicker. But he has other things to his game - he is incredibly quick. He has got an all-round game.

"He's serving his apprenticeship at the moment but he's knocking on the door all the time. Tonight was another step in the right direction for him."

Spencer, 22, was one of a number of young players in the team, a fact Shaw was keen to point out.

"We were ecstatic about the result," he said. "Not many teams come down to the Gnoll and get a result. We know what a difficult place it is and we came down here with a young team with a lot of lads who are from our academy.

"And coupled with a few senior guys they put in a heck of a shift. We were deserved winners.

"The boys really stuck to the plan."

In contrast Ospreys coach Steve Tandy was disappointed by his young charges' display with all their nine points coming from the boot of outside-half Sam Davies.

"Saracens did the simple things much better than we did. We did try to play but ultimately they played in the right areas," he said.

"They kept the scoreboard ticking but ultimately I didn't think the scoreline reflected the whole game.

"But I think there were some good individual performances and the work rate was good throughout. But it's disappointing for these young players to lose in an Ospreys shirt. It's a learning experience and hopefully they will learn from some of the errors."