May 05, 2013
McCall delighted with Premiership top spot
Director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted with the victory against Bath on Saturday that saw Saracens finish top of the Aviva Premiership table for the first time in the club’s history.
The win sets up a home semi-final at Allianz Park on Sunday 12th May against Northampton Saints, kick off is 3pm.
“It’s a big achievement for us to finish top and one that we are very pleased with,” said McCall.
“Four years ago when this project started, the one thing we craved more than anything else was consistency as Saracens had been so inconsistent in the professional era. Steadily and steadily we have been there or thereabouts with four consecutive semi-finals, but it’s the first time we have finished top in the club’s history so it a good achievement. We’ve used 44 players this year so it’s been a real squad effort.”
Tries from Chris Ashton, Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell gave Saracens the 23-14 win over Bath
“We scored a couple of tries, and if Mako’s pass to Ashy wasn’t adjudged to have gone forward then it could have been a more comfortable afternoon for us.
“Credit must go to Bath’ they had a lot to play for and they came back it us really well.
“After Owen scored at the start of the second half, again we had the opportunity to put the game to bed which we didn’t take; but we are thrilled to have comeback from the defeat to Toulon after six days and the players were great in terms of the spirit and togetherness that was shown out there on the pitch.”