Apr 16, 2017
'Angry' Saracens please McCall
Mark McCall praised the fighting spirit of his Saracens side after they battled back from 13-points down to beat Northampton Saints 25-27 with a last gasp conversion from Alex Lozowski.
Marcelo Bosch and Chris Ashton scored the tries that hauled Sarries back into the match before Lozowski’s match-winning conversion and the Sarries Director of Rugby praised the players’ aggressive attitude to their fightback, saying:
“We had a decent bench to bring on, of course but I think the players got almost angry after the third try which was a really poor and sloppy one to concede.
“It felt as though they were irritated with themselves which meant they carried the ball that bit harder and starting to get off the line that bit harder. This put them under a lot of pressure and thankfully we had time to win the game.”
It took the introduction of the Men in Black’s experience bench to wrestle control of the match back from Saints and McCall emphasised the need for more work ahead of the Champions Cup Semi-Final next weekend:
He explained, “It was a bit of a lesson to us about the big things that need to be right. Some of those big things that were wrong today won’t be good enough against Munster and we need to work hard on them during the week.”
Making his Premiership debut at lock for Saracens was Nick Isiekwe and McCall praised the teenager’s contribution:
“It’s a hell of a first cap in the Premiership to come here against Courtney Lawes and you’re 18 ½ years old.” He said, “He’s six months out of school and I thought he acquitted himself well, he did a good job.”
Alongside Isiekwe in the second-row was the returning George Kruis and McCall spoke of the 26-year-old’s comeback as well as Man of the Match Alex Lozowski, explaining:
“It was great for George to get 80 minutes under his belt before next weekend. I thought he did pretty well overall but I thought that Alex Lozowski had a superb last half-an-hour. It was great to see him control the game and show his athleticism that he’s got in that last 25-30 minutes especially.”