Apr 05, 2014
McCall 'grateful' to progress into semi-finals
Mark McCall was relieved to have come away from his old stomping ground Ravenhill with a win, as an Ulster team that played 75+ minutes with 14-men ran Saracens mighty close in an absorbing and tense Heineken Cup quarter final.
"We were just lucky to get over the line at the end” said the Saracens Director of Rugby.
“I think Ulster deserve an unbelievable amount of credit for what happened out there tonight. To lose a man after five minutes and not only to show the effort that they showed (which was incredible), but to be a tactically astute and smart as they were was a brilliant achievement”.
On his own sides performance McCall added; “The thing that we are most disappointed in is at times we played some good rugby and at times our effort and our physicality was outstanding but we kept on undoing a lot of good work with some unbelievable indiscipline.
“We gave away too many penalties and gave them field position for free. We kept them in the game, kept the crowd in the game and we were fortunate to get away with the win.
“For a lot of our players they’ve never faced something as hostile as that (Ravenhill crowd). We were comfortable defensively, we weren’t under that much pressure, we were up three tries to nil but we kept on giving them shots at goal and they chipped away at us. Whilst we did a lot of good things in the game we are just grateful to get through to the next stage,” he added.