Nov 24, 2013
McCall - 'We were hugely resilient'
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall praised his sides resilience, after they came away with a 16-9 win against the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in yesterday's Premiership round 8 fixture.
"I'm really proud of the effort we put in today" said McCall.
"We had to deal with quite a lot of curve balls. We lost Charlie Hodgson in the first minute, David Strettle just after half time and Marcelo Bosch with 20 minutes to go, so we had people all over the place.
"I just thought we were hugely resilient at the end.
"Exeter threw everything at us and thankfully we were able to hold on".
Saracens had to endure wave after wave of Exeter attacks for the majority of the second half, and McCall admitted that his heart was in his mouth during the match TMO deliberations over Tom Johnson's late effort.
"Of course it was - it was incredibly close, a matter of inches and who's to say they didn't deserve something out of the match.
"I'm just really pleased that we showed a lot of resilience.
McCall was keen to praise the collective effort of his players after such a hard earned victory, but spoke about the efforts of centre Tim Streather and inspirational back-rower Jacques Burger after the game.
"This is definitely not a day to single people out" he said.
"I'm chuffed for someone like Tim Streather. Tim's come from Nottingham and was the Championship player of the year last year.
"He's had to bide his time with us but he's been at the club for three months waiting for his opportunity but he played in the two LV= Cup weekends and was brilliant for us.
"I thought he was fantastic out there [against Exeter] in a real cauldron, so I thought he was great.
McCall added;"Jacques Burger must have made 40 tackles and I thought he was phenomenal. There were times in the last 10 minutes that were reminiscent of our Premiership final two years ago when we had to fight and fight, which we did.
"That's why, if they [Exeter] had scored, I still would have been as proud as I am, but we're glad to get four points as well."