Saracens - Mark McCall not taking chances against rival Saints

Oct 13, 2017

Mark McCall not taking chances against rival Saints

Saracens opened the season with a convincing 55-24 bonus point win over Northampton Saints and have risen to the top of the Premiership after six rounds.

This Sunday they take on their rival Saints for the second time this season, but even flying high, no-one is taking any chances against a side as dangerous as Northampton.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “They’ve had a great start to the season in terms of their home form. They’ve had wins against Leicester, Bath, and Harlequins; and they were outstanding all three times.

“Getting something out of the game is going to be important.”

No-one was expecting the round-1 London Double Header to be so one sided, and McCall stressed the game wasn’t necessarily a fair reflection of what both sides can achieve.

He said: “The second half of the game at Twickenham they were better than us. I think they just had a bad 40-minutes in the first half. Probably the only bad 40-minutes they’ve really had. They are a good team; they are well coached and they are good at home.”

As is becoming something of a tradition this year, McCall also discussed the team’s desire to be more consistent. He said Sarries have played excellent rugby at times, and have looked very ordinary at other times.

Even with the squad slowly getting back to full strength, he stressed they have let their foot off the gas in some periods of play.

McCall said: “It’s frustrating. The last 20-minutes of some of our matches we have been pretty poor. Sometimes that’s when we have had a bit of a lead and switched off. We have got to retain our focus for longer.

“If we are going to get a result this Sunday night we need to be better for longer.”

Northampton Saints vs Saracens (kick-off 17H30) will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 from 5pm. And make sure you secure your tickets for Saracens Champions Cup return to Allianz Park as they take on Ospreys on Saturday 21st October (kick-off 19H45).

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