Apr 06, 2015
'Courage' key to last gasp win - McCall
Mark McCall hailed his side's dramatic 12-11 last gasp win in Paris as "courageous, brave and hard working as I have ever seen."
With seconds left on the clock and Racing Metro leading 11-9, a penalty was awarded by Referee Nigel Owens for a Racing player going off his feet at the breakdown. Argentine centre Marcelo Bosch landed the monster penalty from 45 metres out to send McCall’s side into raptures and more importantly, the last four of the Champions Cup.
"We have come away from home to France against a big, strong team with outstanding half backs - and we have won," said the Saracens Director of Rugby speaking after the game.
"I am not worried too much about how we won. We are in our third successive semi-final.
"Racing did not really know how to win the game. They had a big, strong wind out there but we squeezed them and hunted them down for the final 30 minutes.
"Our second half performance was as courageous, brave and hard working as I have ever seen. It is a result for a lot of courage and effort. We went hunting and kept knocking them down and scrapped for absolutely everything.”
Saracens have a top four clash against an in-form Leicester Tigers to look forward to this Saturday, ahead of a busy April that includes a European Champions Cup semi-final against ASM Clermont Auvergne and a visit to Milton Keynes to face table toppers Northampton Saints.
"We are going to have to spread the load through the squad, but we have got some players coming back,” he added.