Jan 09, 2015
Gloucester result 'disappoints' McCall
Mark McCall believes Saracens gifted Gloucester too much field position during their agonising 24-23 Premiership defeat to Cherry & Whites at Kingsholm.
Speaking after the game, McCall said:“It was a game the ebbed and flowed all the way through, we showed some poor sides to ourselves and some really good sides to ourselves throughout the game. With the breeze, some poor discipline and some pretty average decision making around the break-down in the first half, we gave them a lot of field position and didn't really allow ourselves to build pressure.”
“I thought we dealt reasonably well with some set-backs in the second half like the yellow cards and the 80 metre try scored out of nothing. I thought we did well to bounce back from that. We also defended our line brilliantly in the last 10 or 12 minutes so it's obviously very disappointing to lose in the manner that we did."
The game was decided by a contentious penalty awarded to the Cherry & Whites with seconds left on the clock, after Chris Ashton looked to have scored Saracens fourth try of the evening. On the late call that led to James Hook's last-gasp penalty, McCall said: “Chris is clearly in-front of Neil de Kock when the ball is kicked, the issue we have is that they knocked the ball on prior to that.
"The referee, a good referee, should have said 'Chris Ashton is in-front of the kicker, we'll come back for the scrum'. There was 45 seconds on the clock and that should have been game over, so it's pretty disappointing."