Sep 16, 2013
McCall pleased with 'professional' performance
Director of Rugby Mark McCall was pleased with his Saracens team performance, after they resoundingly beat 14 man Gloucester 44 - 12.
"I thought it was a professional job well done" said McCall.
"Against 14 men sometimes you can get loose and not do the right things at the right times, but I thought today we did them today. Physically we were very good, and evidently with our maul, but we were physically very good around the park.
"Defensively we were brilliant throughout the game and it was a very pleasing result and performance".
Saracens went into the break two points down, but a scored 34 unanswered points in the second half to blow away the Cherry and Whites.
"We were a little bit disappointed in regards to the last ten minutes of the first half" revealed McCall.
"We kind of drifted – but at the start of the second half we started playing like we wanted to and there is always that nervousness that the fourth try wouldn’t come along but thankfully we stuck to our guns and we kept the ball in the right areas and think we were good value for the five points today".
During his post match press conference, McCall singled out the performances of Jacques Burger, Billy Vunipola and Chris Ashton for particular praise, with the Irishman particularly commending Man of the Match Jacques Burger's all action performance;
"Jacques Burger was given Man of the Match today, and we all know how difficult a couple of years it has been for Jacques, and to come back and put in the performances he has given so far against London Irish and again today, is brilliant for him and brilliant for the club" he said.
"He (Burger) is an elder statesman and next to him you’ve got someone like Billy (Vunipola) whose been magnificent since he’s arrived at the club – he got stuck in today. It wasn’t just his ball carrying, it was his physicality and the work rate that he showed around the park.
"To a man we performed well today, I thought Chris Ashton was outstanding, I know he didn’t score but some of his defensive work, his decision making was great, and when he popped up in attack he was right at the heart of what we did well today".