May 10, 2014
McCall proud of Saracens response
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was proud of his sides resolve, as a much changed Saracens team ran reigning Premiership champions Leicester Tigers close in a pulsating, incident packed 80 minutes that the Tigers eventually won 31-27.
Saracens had to play Leicester Tigers with 14-men for the majority of the second half due to an extremely questionable red card for Justin Melck,
"31-27. It feels like a bit of win to be honest," said McCall, "considering the team we had out here and the fact we were down to 14 men".
On Justin Melck's sending off, McCall was quick to put on record that the club would be vehemently appealing a decision that the 46-year-old Ulsterman referred to as 'staggering'.
"Obviously as a club we are hugely disappointed with the decision," he said.
"It seems very unusual for a touch judge who’s in the position he’s in to make that kind of call and decide not to refer it to the fourth official, which he had the opportunity to do".
"Their player didn’t complain about it at the time, there was no complaint, and their player has subsequently said that nothing happened. To make a call of that magnitude with 40 minutes left in the match is staggering, and we’ll be looking to have the decision overturned. Justin Melck isn’t that kind of player -it was a dreadful decision," added McCall.
On his sides response McCall was understandably upbeat: "I think if our very senior team had responded in that way I’d be standing here pleased, but for the team that was out there today, who had a number of 18, 19 year-old's and players who haven’t yet played for Saracens in the Premiership, I thought they were magnificent.
"In the first half I thought we were the better team. We were 8-3 up with a minute to go in the second half, and Leicester go and do what they do and get a penalty try. For us to fight back with 14 men the way we did was brilliant today," he added.