England full back Alex Goode came through Saracens' LV=Cup match against Cardiff Blues unscathed

Goode comes through Sarries clash unscathed

Goode comes through Sarries clash unscathed

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Full back Alex Goode came through Saracens' LV=Cup victory over Cardiff Blues yesterday unscathed - handing a boost to England boss Stuart Lancaster ahead of Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland.

The number 15, who's been out with a shoulder injury, has been in full training for a fortnight and was released by England to play in the 19-11 win at Allianz Park yesterday.

Saracens coach Alex Sanderson said: "We brought him off to save him obviously because we wanted him to perform well for England this weekend but he showed touches of brilliance as he always does so he'll have fantastic Six Nations."

Sanderson believes there's no reason why Goode can't be thrown straight in for the match at Murrayfield.

"I'd love him to - I see no reason why he can't play in that game, he's a good athlete, he's a fantastic athlete, and that's part of his game that he had to improve on in recent years - get faster, get bigger, get stronger," he said.

"The other part of his game that comes a little more naturally to someone like Alex is his finesse, his touch, his ability to playmake and read the game, and that's not left him just because he's got injured so he's still got that in abundance."

Goode said after the match: "I had a little bit of apprehension going into the game but I've done all the training, I've tested the shoulder to the max and to be fair the pitch did a great job and the shoulder came through very well so I'm very happy.

"It's up to Stuart Lancaster now but I'm fit and I've trained hard and going forward hopefully I'll train well this week and I've put myself at least on the radar."

Cardiff scored a try in the first half through Robin Copeland but 14 points kicked by Nils Mordt and a late try from James Short ensured Sarries cruised to victory.

Sanderson said: "In terms of the boys I'm really happy how they came out in that second half and got stuck into Cardiff and started winning thsoe collisons which we identified as something we could improve upon in that first half.

"Yes they were a little bit tentative, the odd ball went down when you would expect them to take it into contact being professional sportsmen but we know these guys are a little bit rusty, they haven't played as much rugby as those 11 or so players who have been picked up by England and Scotland.

"So there's a lot to work on but generally speaking I'm really happy with the effort they put in and that's all we ask of them on a weekly basis."

 

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