Sep 20, 2014
McCall praises stand-in skipper
Mark McCall praised stand-in captain Brad Barritt’s ‘nerve’ in his post-match press conference.
With 79 minutes gone on the clock and London Irish leading 32-29, Barritt instructed replacement fly-half Charlie Hodgson to send the ball into touch, and reject the three points on offer. Saracens subsequently set up a driving maul and No.8 Billy Vunipola scored the match winning try.
McCall said; “We’ve always had a policy at the club, certainly since I’ve been here, that we leave it the players on the field to make those kind of decisions. Brad had the nerve to go for it. Our maul has been a weapon for us so far this season, we’ve worked incredibly hard on it and it was a brilliantly executed play in all fairness".
On Saracens performance he added; “It was a game that ebbed and flowed a hell of a lot. We were 20 points to seven up at one point but fair play to London Irish they came to the game with a very clever plan of a short kicking game that we didn’t deal with at all well. Three of their four tries came from those kind of kicks, but we came back.
“We were six points down with only a few minutes to go, like we were in the Wasps game where we had enough in the tank to go and win it. We had a couple of chances to draw the game before we went for it at the end."