Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall was a pleased man after seeing his side run in three tries in a 29-8 victory at a rain-soaked Kingsholm.
Scores from Neil de Kock, David Strettle and Alex Goode secured the win against Gloucester to move Saracens back to the top of the Aviva Premiersip table.
Speaking after the game, McCall said: “The first 30 minutes of the game was as good as we have been this season. The set-piece was dominant, we had intensity in our kick-chase and coupled with that we played some good rugby. We scored two tries in that period and could have scored some more.”
But it was the togetherness and effort shown by the squad midway through the second half with Steve Borthwick and Billy Vunipola both in the sin bin and Gloucester in possession at a 5m scrum that put the biggest smile on McCall’s face.
“We had a lot to be happy with during the game but when we were down to 13 men we showed great togetherness and when we pushed them back on their own ball to win the penalty, it was my moment of the match.”
Gloucester Director of Rugby Nigel Davies explained that he felt Saracens were the strongest team his side had faced all season.
“The game was won in the first half,” he added. “They were excellent and if you are not at the top of your game against Saracens, you get found out. They put the squeeze on us all over the pitch and that pressure led to the tries. We knew what was coming, but we just couldn’t deal with it.”