Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall praised Tim Streather after the 25-year-old centre was drafted into the starting line-up 30 seconds before kick-off to replace Marcelo Bosch who had unfortunately succumbed to illness.
“Everyone was aware of the players Leicester were missing but people forget that we were missing Joel Tomkins, Brad Barritt and Duncan Taylor in the centres, then Marcelo Bosch cries off with illness with 30 seconds to go before kick-off” revealed McCall.
“Marcelo was sick overnight, and although he felt fine before the warm up as he came off he felt pretty faint so it just seemed sensible to put a fully fit, albeit a little bit fatigued Tim Streather on the pitch, rather than Marcelo who wasn’t feeling that great.
“Tim had ran four and half kilometres in a conditioning session yesterday afternoon and he’s chucked in with 30 seconds to go and he did brilliantly”.
“Obviously he wasn’t training hard enough on Friday” joked McCall.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Tim; he’s had a frustrating four months at Saracens because he knows there are a lot of good centres at the cub and I thought that he showed a lot of quality today”.
McCall was also effusive in his praise for some of Saracens home grown players in the wake of their six try demolition of the reigning Premiership Champions, with the 46-year-old singling out Jamie George’s 80 minute performance and George Kruis’ and Jackson Wray’s cameos from the bench for particular praise.
“Jamie George got 80 minutes today, Leicester brought on Tom Youngs on against him and Jamie just looks like a player on the up and I’m chuffed with the way George Kruis and Jackson Wray did when the came off the bench today as well.
“We’re realistic that Leicester were missing a lot of players today, but so were we, so I’m chuffed with the way some of our players are coming on at the moment” he added.