Nov 23, 2014
McCall beamons poor start after Saints defeat
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall bemoaned his side’s first-half display as they were beaten -24-31 by Northampton Saints at a rain-soaked Allianz Park.
McCall was left to rue a twenty-five minute period during the opening half, where Northampton ran into a 3-25 lead after three quick-fire tries from the visitors.
Speaking after the game, McCall said; “The contrast between the two halves was too big. The first 25 minutes from us was unbelievably disappointing, and I think we were second best in almost every area, in particular the scrum.
“We allowed what happened to us at the scrum in that 25 minute period to drain us of energy across the board. We weren’t sharp enough, we weren’t urgent enough and lacked intensity in that period. Saints were 25-3 up and it gave us a mountain to climb. We were much better second half, and we were much like ourselves once again, but the first half was very poor".
McCall added; “We gave ourselves a shot at it in the end, and got back to 21-28 and we had a lot of momentum in those last eight or nine minutes. It would have been a good achievement if we had pulled it back, but we gave ourselves too much to do after the first half".