Aviva Premiership: Alex Goode insists Saracens are over play-off misery
Last Updated: 04/09/13 10:45am
Alex Goode: Hoping to win back England place
Alex Goode insists that the disappointment of two straight play-off semi-final defeats will drive Saracens to Aviva Premiership success this term.
Sarries finished the regular season three points clear of Leicester at top of the table before producing one of their worst performances of the campaign as they went down 27-13 at home to Northampton in the play-offs.
The 2011 champions fell at the same stage the previous year, but England full-back Goode expects his side to bounce back when the new season gets underway this weekend.
"We have drawn a line under it now and that has happened, Northampton were better on the day but we move on and keep the earlier momentum going in to the new season," said Goode ahead of Saturday's opener at London Irish.
"The beauty of the Premiership is that it is one of the best competitions in the world in the respect of how tight it will be.
"Last season we finished top of the table but then we lost to the teams who came ninth and 10th - it is just the way it is. Any team on their day, particularly at home, can cause an upset.
"The beauty of the Premiership is that it is one of the best competitions in the world in the respect of how tight it will be."
"It makes it very special and it also makes it very tough. You can't let your guard down so it is a great competition and I'm very happy to be a part of it."
The 25-year-old missed England's summer tour of Argentina due to a shoulder injury, but he is now fully fit and hoping to impress Stuart Lancaster in time for the autumn internationals.
"When you are part of England you expect there to be people behind you pushing you and that is the same in every position," Goode added.
"I didn't go on the tour to Argentina and the people who went out there played really well and put their hands up.
"So it will all depend on who is playing best at the beginning of the year. It is about me playing well for Saracens week in, week out and putting in big performances.
"If I'm doing that then hopefully I will be going the right way to play for England."