Director of Rugby Mark McCall was delighted with his side’s performance after Saracens 27-12 victory over Harlequins.
McCall said: “We played very well today, our attacking game caused them some problems and we scored our tries at the right times of the game and I thought it was a good overall performance.
“I think the last 10 minutes typified us today, we were resolute and we showed great courage. We know that our season didn’t hinge on today’s result, it was about our performance and our confidence as a team.”
Both sides had players returning from the Six Nations, and McCall paid tribute to his returning internationals: “I must take my hat off to our English guys who obviously had a hard time last week and they were desperate to play today.”
One such England returnee was Mako Vunipola who was named Man of the Match.
He said: “It was the Mako show for the first 20 minutes and I thought he was pretty special. The best thing Mako did today was scrum against James Johnston; he was superb for a young prop that has only had one year in the Premiership. We all know how good he is in the loose, but Mako also knows how important his work is in the tight, and he was very good today.”
Will Fraser was another player who pleased McCall, and the Saracens Director of Rugby was impressed with the flankers’ performance against an experienced Harlequins back-row.
“It’s hard to believe (the progress shown) by him, it was less than two years ago that we gave Will his debut and he played well against a very experienced back-row today and I thought he equipped himself extremely well.”