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Saracens relaxed over Soane Tonga'uiha

Brendan Venter
Venter led Saracens to third in the Guinness Premiership

Saracens rugby director Brendan Venter says the Soane Tonga'uiha ordeal will not overshadow Sunday's Premiership play-off semi-final with Northampton.

The 28-year-old Tonga prop pulled out of a deal to move to Vicarage Road and decided to stay with Saints.

Venter told BBC Three Counties Radio: "What's done is done. We know that it was the right move that he didn't come in the end.

"We don't even think about Soane anymore. It's irrelevant."

Tonga'uiha's collapsed move to Vicarage Road intensified the rivalry between the clubs with Saracens accusing Northampton of bringing the game into disrepute.

But Venter is intent on concentrating on his own side's recent form, having just won at Leicester for the first time in 33 visits.

"There's a great belief in our team at the moment. We'll do the same things, just even better," he said.

"I think we must be able to compete with Northampton in all facets.


"In the set-piece, when they keep the ball, tackle them. I think discipline will be the big thing."

Saracens are unbeaten in four league games and full-back Alex Goode believes their recent form could see them through to the final at Twickenham.

He said: "The likes of Wasps have always timed it very well and I feel we've done a similar thing.

"We had a bad patch in February but since then we've played some magnificent rugby and we're not afraid of going anywhere and we're so confident in our own ability.

"It's going to be tight, every semi-final is. We're under no illusions, we've been to Leicester and won and we feel very confident."

Goode, 21, has been called up to the England Saxons squad to compete in the Churchill Cup alongside team-mates Andy Saull and Brad Barritt.

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