Mark McCall was happy with his sides 19-12 win over London Wasps as Saracens now prepare to face Connacht away in Galway on Friday in the Heineken Cup.
“Wasps were good defensively, they get numbers in at the breakdown, they go for the ball hard and it was a terrific workout for us ahead of the Heineken Cup next week” said McCall.
“Sometimes you have to dig in. Everybody wants to see lots of tries but Wasps did a tremendous job today”.
He added; “We rolled up our sleeves and won comfortably in the end, it’s job done”.
Saracens made a raft of changes from the team who beat Harlequins in Round 4 of the Premiership, with England full-back Alex Goode starting at fly-half and Chris Wyles starting at inside centre in a new look midfield.
“I thought Chris Wyles was outstanding again today” said McCall. “It’s now his third position he’s played in so far this season, after playing at 15 and 13, and I though he was brilliant at 12 – I’m also delighted with Michael Tagicakibau, he was named Man of the Match and I thought he was tremendous today”.
On starting Alex Goode at fly-half ahead of Owen Farrell the 45 year-old commented; “Owen wants to play every game but he’s very sensible”.
“He’s just back from the Lions tour and we wouldn’t have played him every game had Charlie Hodgson (Achilles injury) been fit because England want us to look after Owen long-term and that’s very important.”
He added; “It was almost unfair of us to ask Alex, who has been outstanding at 15, to step in at 10 and he did a good job, but we just felt at half-time the game wasn’t going quite the way we wanted and it would bring a bit of organisation with Owen going there and Alex moving back to 15.
“Ben Ransom had a great game at full-back and I felt sorry for him having to come off at half-time.”