Oct 24, 2014
Munster 14 Saracens 3 - McCall reaction
Mark McCall believes Saracens lacked a clinical edge in their disappointing 14-3 loss away to Munster at Thomond Park.
The Saracens Director of Rugby was left to rue a couple of missed half-chances in a 25 minute purple patch either side of the half-time whistle, in which his side fashioned a few half-chances before being reduced to 14-men after Rhys Gill was yellow carded.
Speaking after the game, McCall said; “In fairness to Munster, the first 30 minutes we struggled to get any territory or any ball, and we seemed to spend the most of that time in our own half. The last ten minutes of the first half, and the first fifteen minutes of the second half we felt that we turned that around, played some decent rugby, and made a few half breaks. The yellow card was a big momentum swinger.
“I think it (Rhys Gill’s sin-binning) was fair enough. I don’t think it was malicious, you could see that clearly. Munster took advantage of that, like they always seem to do, and it was the kind of game that having to play catch-up was always going to be difficult. They defended well, kicked well, and were good in the air. Our set-piece that was a strength in the first half, wasn’t one in the second half.
“I thought we looked quite good in attack, but we spent a lot of our time in our half today. When we had the ball we looked very dangerous, we had a couple of half breaks but couldn’t finish them off. They played a smart game. I’m chuffed with the effort in our defence in our 22, but they just wore us down when we had 14-men.
McCall added; “I don’t think we were overwhelmed by the occasion of anything like that. I think the Pool is wide open. I think you need a minimum of five points after the first two games, the fact that we got four tries last weekend was a real bonus and now that we have Sale back-to-back it’s important that we try to get as many points as we can in those next two games.”