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Saracens eye further improvement after completing double


England's Alex Lozowski makes a surging run. Photo: Getty Images

England's Alex Lozowski makes a surging run. Photo: Getty Images

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England's Alex Lozowski makes a surging run. Photo: Getty Images

Alex Lozowski has underlined Saracens' desire to "do it all again" next season after they completed a European and domestic trophy double.

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 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. 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.

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.

Irish Independent