Saracens - Bath vs Saracens match reaction - Mark McCall

Oct 03, 2014

Bath vs Saracens match reaction - Mark McCall

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall stressed the dressing room was not too subdued following the 21-11 defeat to Bath on Friday night although he admitted that he was disappointed with the 21-11 defeat that ended the club's 100 per cent start to the new season.

Speaking after the game, McCall said: "We're disappointed with the result and there are aspects of the performance that could have been better. But overall, it's important to me that certain things that need to be present every week are present, and those things were there today in terms of effort and physicality, so we're not too subdued.

"Bath are a good team. They are well coached and they have good players. We have to give them credit and they played very well. I'm pleased that we bounced back early in the second half and got the try that gave us an opportunity to have a crack at the end of the match, but it wasn't to be. Their two scores, from our point of view, were gifts really and it turned out to be one of those nights where you felt nothing was going to go our way."

McCall added that he felt the yellow card given to Chris Ashton late in the first half was a turning point in the match.

He said: "Chris Ashton's sin-binning was a significant moment of the match and we conceded 10 points during that period. I thought it was a poor decision. Ashton clearly went for the intercept and could have been in under the posts. It hit him twice on his arm and it didn't look like a deliberate knock-on to me. It was a big call to get wrong."

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