Dec 19, 2015
Second half display delights McCall
Saracens director or rugby Mark McCall praised his side’s second half performance after they ran-in eight tries against Oyonnax in a 55-13 win at Allianz Park.
In a highly entertaining display from his side, McCall focussed on a devastating second half display that saw his side run in five tries as they expertly despatched the Top 14 strugglers.
Speaking after the game, McCall said: “I think the challenge for us today was to try and put a better performance in than last week. That’s what we had talked about during the week and for the first half was ok, but a bit bitty at times. I’m really pleased with our second half performance. Our second half performance last week wasn’t so good and our second half performance this week was much better.
“The beauty about playing against a team twice is you can just concentrate on yourselves. What we had done ok last week, we could improve on and work hard on in the week. We’ve got an attitude where we prepare well and we don’t pick and choose when we bring energy and intensity, and that was the case again this week.”
One player who impressed for Saracens on the day was wing, Chris Ashton who ran-in a hat-trick in a fine individual performance.
“I think we’ve been saying before how well he’s playing and Chris has had to deal with the setback of not getting picked internationally for the last 12 months, but he’s been brilliant,” said McCall. “A lot of people concentrate on what he’s not good at. At our club we concentrate on what he’s good at and he’s good at a lot of things. He’s underrated, his skill set is much higher than most people think and the little things he needed to improve. He’s improved massively - he played well today but he’s been playing well for a while.”
Saracens head to Wasps next Sunday unbeaten in both Europe and the Aviva Premiership.
McCall said: “We’ve got a tough run of fixtures coming up in the Aviva Premiership. He have Wasps away and Leicester at home, and a visit to Harlequins before we play Ulster and Toulouse. Those are five fixtures we can really look forward to.
“Things have been going well, and the last four games we’ve played we’ve run in a lot of tries, but we know what makes our club tick, and what we need to get in place against teams like Leicester, Harlequins. We’ll be working hard on these things over the next couple of weeks.”