Dec 22, 2017
Mark McCall: "It's Going to be a Great Game."
Mark McCall says that he expecting a ‘great game’ as he and his Saracens side prepare to face Leicester at Welford Road on Christmas Eve.
It marks a return to Premiership action for Sarries after back-to-back games against French Champions Clermont and McCall’s side will be hoping to bounce back with a win after facing what he describes as a ‘tough fixture list’.
The Sarries Director of Rugby said: “It’s quite a tough fixture list that we’ve had in the last few weeks and Welford Road’s a great place to go and play, just like Clermont was.
“They’re coming off the back of a few results that haven’t gone their way as well but they’re a very competitive team and are normally good at bouncing back, so it’s going to be a great game.
“We had a very close there this time last year that went down to the wire, I remember Owen (Farrell) scored a try in the left-hand corner to win the match.
“We’re not thinking too much about Leicester Tigers, we’re thinking about ourselves and how we build on the work we did last week.”
The Men in Black currently sit in the play-off positions in the Premiership and occupy third place, one point behind Gloucester in second while also being three points clear of Tigers who are in sixth and McCall says that his side has taken a step in the right direction recently:
“The Clermont game on Sunday was a good step in the right direction, we haven’t been really unhappy with how we’ve been playing.
He added: “There were some areas where we could have played better but we lost those three close games and got ourselves in a good position over in Clermont; so we were competitive in four of those five lost games.
“We’ve got to find ways to keep improving, there are good signs of us defending much better and attacking really well at times; but we have to be much more disciplined than at the weekend, we gave away far too many penalties.”
Despite the run that the team is on at the moment, McCall also reiterated his belief in the players’ confidence, not just with their mentality but with their intent on the pitch.
He explained: “I don’t think we played on Sunday like a team who lacked confidence, at times it looked the opposite; the energy amongst the players was as good as I’ve seen in a while and it’s a tough place to go to.
“There was a real bounce about the team and we looked confident as we attacked, I think that everything is okay.”