Oct 20, 2017
Mark McCall eager to build on Northampton success against Ospreys
Saracens have been working hard to identify their recipe for success this week, according to director of rugby Mark McCall.
Following on from last Sunday’s 13-57 triumph against Northampton, after which McCall praised a complete performance by the team, they have been trying to close in on exactly what was behind their accuracy.
McCall said: “Sometimes the scoreboard won’t always reflect the energy and the effort that you’re putting in, but at the weekend it did. The players were able to look up and see the scoreboard ticking over and it became easier to bring more energy and not overcomplicate things.
“However, rugby and sport isn’t always like that and sometimes it’s not reflective of what you are putting in to it. So, for us we have got to make sure that we understand why we were good at the weekend, what the things were that drove that, and then try to stay as true to that as we can.”
Though not only have Saracens had an added focus on themselves, they also face the daunting task of welcoming a talent-packed Ospreys team to Allianz Park.
The Welsh side fought back against Clermont after going down two tries in the first 12 minutes, and in a resurgent performance managed to come away with a losing bonus point, finishing the game 21-26.
McCall said: “I was very impressed with Ospreys. They got off to a very poor start but thereafter they were the better team. Arguably they could have or should have won the match.
“We’re not taking them for granted. They’ve got lots of very good players - well-established international players - and they will be massively up for the challenge so we’ve got to go again.”
There are still limited tickets available for Saracens’ Champions Cup return to Allianz Park as they take on Ospreys under the Saturday night lights. But if you can’t make it to the game you can catch the game live on BT Sport 2 (kick-off 19H45).