Saracens 38-15 Northampton: Sean Maitland set to earn new contract after scoring two tries to assist his facet into the Premiership remaining… after the winger was lucky to flee a first-half pink card
- Sean Maitland scored two tries in Saracens’ convincing win on Sunday
- The victory booked Saracens place within the Premiership remaining in opposition to Sale
- Maitland is ready to get a contract extension to take his deal past this season
Sean Maitland is ready to be rewarded with a brand new contract after his controversial double helped Saracens guide their place at Twickenham.
The winger was fortunate to not be despatched off for taking out George Furbank within the thirty ninth second of Saturday’s victory over Northampton.
He went on to attain twice in a commanding 38-15 win, with Saracens’ dominant defence limiting Northampton to only three factors within the first half.
Maitland is out of contract on the finish of the season and England winger Anthony Watson has been lined up as a possible alternative.
The 34-year-old has been linked with a transfer again to Scotland however head coach Mark McCall confirmed a brand new deal has been signed and might be introduced this week. With Maitland remaining on the forefront of Saracens’ plans, McCall faces a back-three choice dilemma for the ultimate after Elliot Daly impressed from the bench.
Sean Maitland scored two tries in Saracens’ semi-final win over Northampton
Maitland was fortunate to keep away from a pink card within the first half after taking out George Furbank (above)
‘We’re within the luxurious place that we’ve obtained unimaginable gamers,’ stated McCall. ‘Max Malins has been excellent of late and I believed Sean was nice. He scored two tries however a few of his defensive reads have been nice.
‘Alex Goode had a robust recreation and Elliot did properly when he got here on. It’s a tricky selection, and it all the time is to depart somebody out.’
McCall described the show as his facet’s ‘strongest defensive efficiency for years’ they usually go into the ultimate as favourites to assert their first title since 2019.
They wish to make amends for final yr’s remaining defeat by Leicester and if they’ll mix their defensive and attacking recreation then they are going to be onerous to cease.
‘I reminded the gamers in the course of the week a few assembly we’d had in August final yr, submit dropping the ultimate,’ stated McCall.
‘The purpose was to be taking part in our greatest rugby by the tip of the season. It felt fairly good on the market, actually bodily and in management. We have been capable of mix calmness and composure with being unbelievably aggressive and bodily and that’s a superb place to be as a group.’
Maitland is now prone to get a brand new contract, together with his present deal set to run out on the finish of the season
Tries from Ivan van Zyl, Malins and a penalty rating sealed the victory, whereas Northampton rallied briefly within the second half by means of James Ramm and Alex Mitchell.
Northampton’s coach Phil Dowson stated: ‘Statistically this season, we have now the perfect assault by way of factors scored and one of many worst defences, so you possibly can draw your individual conclusions from that by way of the place we have to be higher. You’re not going to win many semi-finals conceding 38 factors.
‘On the whole, we’re in a extremely good house. We’ve obtained a really sturdy board who’re pragmatic and make good bodily choices. We’ve obtained a shiny MD.
‘With what’s occurred with Wasps and Worcester, we’re lucky to have that stability. My solely concern is how we carry out week to week. I’m extremely pleased with their efforts all through the season.’