Feb 24, 2013
McCall delighted with Welford Road win
Director of Rugby Mark McCall paid tribute to his side's second half performance after Saracens earned a 32-27 bonus point victory in the best ever comeback from an away side at Welford Road.
Speaking after the victory against Leicester Tigers, McCall said: “The dressing room was pretty calm at half time and the players were all committed to producing a better second half performance. And they did.”
“In the first half we were pretty much average in everything, and we lost a lot of collisions. We really didn’t turn up, and we were very much second best in everything.”
Trailing 17-6 at the break, Saracens returned from the Welford Road dressing room to produce a stunning second half display that saw all the Saracens back three all score tries with David Strettle crossing twice along with scores for James Short and Chris Wyles.
“Leicester did a good job on us in the first half and we couldn’t get any momentum in our play when we had the ball,” added McCall. “In the second half though we got some momentum going and we got a lot quicker ball and we scored some very good tries.
“We played some half decent rugby last week at Allianz Park, and today we were up a very good team in Leicester. To be down 17- 3 before half-time gave us a mountain to climb, especially away at Welford Road, and I thought we did incredibly well to turn things around in the second half.”