Dec 13, 2014
McCall praises Vunipola brothers after Sale win
Mark McCall praised the Vunipola brothers in the aftermath of Saracens’ 28-15 win against Sale Sharks in round 4 of the European Champions Cup.
No.8 Billy Vunipola scored a try in a Man of the Match performance, whilst his older sibling Mako produced a superb display from prop in both the loose and the set-piece.
Saracens moved to the top of Pool 1 (Munster travel to Clermont Auvergne play on Sunday), and speaking after the game McCall said; “I thought Billy grew as game went on. He got better and better. When we attacked well in the second half he was at the heart of that and made some breaks. I thought Jackson Wray did really well from the bench and Mako had a great game too. Last week he (Mako) was great in a different way, he made tackles and was everywhere, but today I thought he scrummaged really well, I though he was outstanding".
On Saracens’ overall performance, McCall said; “I thought we were patchy today. In the first half we got in to good scoring positions often enough but made some individual errors, with Stretts the obvious one and we missed a few lineouts - they were golden opportunities missed.
“I thought we attacked a lot better in the second half, we just didn’t attack enough. We weren’t down there enough and we gave away, for me three or four really bad penalties on the halfway line that allowed them to get into our 22. We defended well once they were there but we didn’t get their half enough. When we did we attacked really well, and scored two very good tries".
On the state of Pool 1, he added; “We might live to regret it (not getting the bonus point), but you never know. All you want to be is to be in control going into rounds five and six. We’ve got Munster to come here, and that’s going to be a titanic match, but to have 13 points in this very difficult Pool at this point is OK. If you win both game, you win the group and at least it’s in our own hands”.