Feb 10, 2018
Mark McCall Happy With 'Workmanlike' Performance
Mark McCall has praised what he described as a 'workmanlike performance' as Saracens defeated Newcastle Falcons 25-3 at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Three tries came for Saracens on the 5th anniversary of Allianz Park courtesy of Richard Barrington, Max Malins and a penalty-try. The win means that Sarries hold onto second position in the Premiership.
Speaking after the game, Director of Rugby McCall praised the win, saying: "It was a good, workmanlike performance in difficult conditions, we were particularly pleased with the first-half.
"We were kicking into a strong wind and it was pouring with rain, so to be able to control the half in the way we did was very pleasing. Our set-piece was on-top and we carried the ball well and when we were in their territory scored a couple of tries."
23 of the game's 28 points came in the first-half and it was an attritional affair in the latter stages with neither side able to break through in cold and slippery conditions but McCall explained how pleased he was with how his players executed the game-plan.
He said: "In conditions like that, it's all about doing the fundamental things well, our scrum and line-out was generally strong.
"Ben Spencer had a very strong game at scrum-half and kicked the ball beautifully. He was supported by his teammates who chased those kicks really well, allowing us to dominate field position for large parts of the match."
McCall was able to call upon returning international players Nick Isiekwe, Liam Williams & Nathan Earle for today's game and says that he was pleased to be able to give them a game and praised their contribution.
McCall revealed the importance of 19-year-old Isiekwe's contribution, explaining: "Nick coming back was very important as we only have two fit second-rows at the moment, as a result it was very important he did a good job calling the line-outs alongside Will Skelton who had a very strong first-half today.
"It was great to have Liam playing again today, he's only played two games in the last three months so it was good for him to get another 60 minutes under his belt."