Saints centre Stephenson salutes ‘exceptional’ Burrell

Tom Stephenson impressed for Saints at Saracens (picture: Sharon Lucey)
Tom Stephenson impressed for Saints at Saracens (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Tom Stephenson was full of praise for ‘exceptional’ Luther Burrell after the centre scored twice for Saints at Saracens on Saturday.

Burrell, who was left out of England’s final 31-man squad for the World Cup after coming agonisingly close to making the final cut, shone at Allianz Park.

He intercepted a Baden Kerr pass to register his first try before running a nice line, picking up the ball and brushing off two tackles to add a second to his tally.

Stephenson also impressed, with one piece of play in the build-up to Howard Packman’s score particularly eye-catching.

And the young centre was quick to compliment his senior sidekick after the comprehensive 36-17 success.

“Obviously Luther played exceptionally on Saturday,” Stephenson said.

“He’s come back, unlucky not to be in the England squad, and he was exceptional, so hats off to him.

“Overall, I think we looked good.

“We’ve got a few new players but everyone fitted into our system well.

“There were a few mistakes, which there always were going to be in a pre-season game, but mostly we looked in good shape and scored some good tries.

“It’s a big positive.”