Mar 09, 2015
Delighted McCall praises composed Saracens
A delighted Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his side’s composure, after they scores 23 unanswered points in a stunning 65 minute spell to beat Wasps 26-17 win away in Coventry.
Speaking after the game, McCall said: “We’re delighted with the win, and delighted with the performance. I think it was impressive, that having gone 17-3 down the players had the clarity of thought and the common sense that it wasn’t really a 17-3 game. They scored two tries in two minutes, both from 60 metres out, which they are very capable of doing. We hadn’t been under the pump or under pressure during that time, so the players deserve great credit for sticking to their guns and over the course of the next 60 minutes we built enormous pressure on Wasps and we got we deserved.
“If there is one disappointment is that we could have done better in the last fifteen minutes when we were in their 22.”
In a fine team performance McCall was keen to stress the collective effort of his side in his post-match press conference, but the 46-year old director of rugby did reserve special praise for Man of the Match Richard Wigglesworth and in-form hooker Jamie George.
On Wigglesworth, he said: “Everybody is important in the game plan. It’s one thing to have a plan, and another to execute it and Richard Wigglesworth’s accuracy, his understanding of where the space was and how to build pressure was magnificent today. He showed all his qualities. In the first twenty minutes we over-hit a few kicks from nine, but when they were more contestable Wasps made a lot of mistakes in the back field.”
On George, he added: “He was magnificent out there today. Jamie is underrated, he has a sense of timing and a sense of space. He carries the ball better that people think, his defensive game has improved unbelievably this season because he’s played as much as he has. He throws the ball as well as anybody else in England, and for me, he is as good a hooker as there is going around at the moment.”
On an injury to centre Brad Barritt, McCall said: “We all very hopeful that the injury isn’t too serious. We believe that Brad deserves it to be not too serious as he’s been playing very well and he’s massively in contention too play for England this weekend so fingers crossed it’s OK.”