Saracens - McCall seeking improvement after 'rusty' opening day display

Sep 05, 2016

McCall seeking improvement after 'rusty' opening day display


Mark McCall believes Saracens have work to do if they are to match last season’s success after a 35-3 Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Worcester Warriors at the London Double Header.

Saracens and Worcester were poised at 6-3 at half-time, with Carl Hogg’s side defending admirably and the reigning Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership Rugby champions lacking their usual ruthlessness in possession.

The pulled away with a stunning second-half blitz; Schalk Burger, Alex Lozowski and Jamie George all scored before Ben Spencer sealed the bonus point with an outrageous individual try.

And despite the five-point win which sees them go top of the Aviva Premiership standings, he feels his charges have a long way to go.

“I actually thought our skill level wasn’t great as a team, we could have passed the ball a lot better than we did and we made a lot of errors with the ball – some of which was forced by Worcester, the rest was forced by ourselves and we will have to do a little bit of work on that,” McCall explained.

“Overall I am not too happy, I am happy we got five points, we’re always happy to win, but that was a hugely rusty performance. I thought we defended well for the whole game, so that is something to hang our hat on. We need to give Worcester a lot of credit in that first-half, they were really physical and made life hard for us with the ball and at the breakdown.

McCall added: “A lot of people played well, but we just need to be more consistent across the game than we were.”

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