Leicester 18-22 Saracens, Aviva Premiership Final, May 28
That's just for starters insists Sarries chief
May 29, 2011
Saracens celebrate becoming English champions for the first time © Getty Images
Nigel Wray has vowed there will be no sitting back and resting on laurels after Saracens finally shed their 'under-achievers' tag to be crowned champions of England.
Teenager Owen Farrell, son of Sarries head coach and former Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell, kicked them to a 22-18 victory over Leicester at Twickenham.
"The difficult bit is going on from here," said Saracens' multi-millionaire chairman Wray, whose financial backing and fierce loyalty has been at the club's core since 1995. "I am a huge believer in life of that phrase 'show me a complacent man and I will show you a failure'. You can't be complacent - you have got to go forward.
"Over the years, there have been many sleepless nights and many disasters, but if you don't fail you don't know what success is. You have to fail to enjoy success."
Sarries' nerve-shredding win denied the Tigers an eighth Premiership title and consigned them to a rare season without silverware. It also gave Saracens a first major trophy since world superstars Francois Pienaar, Michael Lynagh and Philippe Sella inspired an emphatic Tetley's Bitter Cup final triumph over Wasps 13 years ago.
And it meant Saracens joining an exclusive club, becoming just the fifth Premiership winners after Leicester, Wasps, Sale and Newcastle. But Wray does not view the Hertfordshire-based club's finest triumph since being formed in 1876 as a case of mission accomplished.
"What we've got to do now is go on from here because the moment you pause for breath and think you are bloody marvellous, you are dead," he said. "We will need to work harder and see how we can get getter. We do a lot of things well, but we need to everything better. "There are no guarantees in life, but the thing we must not do is rest on laurels."
It has been a rollercoaster ride for Wray during the past decade and a half. Beaten by Leicester in last year's final and play-off qualifiers in 2007, Saracens' Premiership history also shows three 10th-place finishes and a flirtation with relegation.
"If I had known what it would cost in terms of money and also emotionally, then of course I wouldn't have done it. I would have just rolled up as a fan and let someone else do it," he said.
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