May 10, 2015
'Lack of composure cost us' - McCall
A ‘hugely disappointed’ Mark McCall bemoaned his side’s disappointing defeat at home to Exeter Chiefs.
The Saracens director of rugby saw his side edged by a spirited Exeter Chiefs side in a highly energised contest at Allianz Park.
His side allowed Exeter to score three close range tries in the close-fought game, something the 46-year old McCall was clearly irritated by.
“To let them score three tries, and in the manner that they scored them just isn’t good enough,” said McCall. “Everyone one of them (Exeter’s three tries), felt like a slow death and inevitable. Outside that we had some chances ourselves and at the start of the second half and at the end of the second half - big chances. We didn’t take those chances and it’s hugely disappointed.
“We needed a bit of muscle there, and someone like Billy would have helped in those situations, but they showed great composure to score those three tries. When we got to their line we didn’t show the same composure.”
Saracens head into the final weekend of the Aviva Premiership in fifth place, on the same points as Exeter and just one behind a resurgent Leicester Tigers outfit. McCall takes his charges to the Kassam Stadium to face London Welsh, who have yet to register a win this season.
Speaking about the final game of the season next Saturday, McCall said: “You never know what can happen in the last game of the season. For instance you don’t know what kind of mood Sale Sharks will be in when they go down to Sandy Park, you just never know. We’ve got to plan and prepare to beat London Welsh, and beat them by four tries and to make it a bigger margin as we can. Whatever happens elsewhere is out our hands. We are now in that situation."
McCall also fielded questions on injured duo Billy Vunipola and Brad Barritt in his post-match press conference. He said: “Billy is actually probably fine. He did rehab on Friday and was pretty good, so he should be fine next weekend. Brad is more touch and go, as he has a slight hamstring strain.”