Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gaffney Likes Look of Ugly Victories

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gaffney Likes Look of Ugly Victories

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

ALAN GAFFNEY, the Saracens director of rugby, accepts his team arehaving to "win ugly" this season but argues the means justify the end as theyenter 2008 as London's leading Guinness Premiership club.

With a crowd of more than 15,000 expected to watch the Men in Black tackleNewcastle at Watford on Sunday, Saracens go into the match in third place,having already eased into an EDF Energy Cup semi-final against Ospreys andfinished top of their Heineken Cup pool.

Their 15 matches to date have brought 11 wins, including six from eightPremiership outings.

With the arrival of All Blacks lock Chris Jack to bolster the pack and regularmatch-winning contributions from outside-half Glen Jackson and Springbokfull-back Brent Russell, Sarries can anticipate an exciting New Year.

While Gaffney admits the team are not functioning to their full potential, heis more than happy to take the wins.

"We have to keep improving and I much prefer winning ugly to losingbeautifully," he said. …

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