Jan 20, 2018
Mark McCall: "We Were Outstanding"
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall praised his side for an ‘outstanding’ performance after they scored seven tries in a 62-14 win over Northampton Saints.
Sione Vailanu and Alex Goode scored on their debut and 250th appearances respectively as well as tries from Mako Vunipola, Alex Goode, Marcelo Bosch, Vincent Koch and Sean Maitland to secure the bonus-point win.
The win marks the third time that Saracens have put at least a half-century of points past Saints this season with and McCall praised his team for their performance and application in the last six-weeks.
He said: “I think that performance today was the culmination of a brave six weeks, I’m incredibly proud of the players and staff for the positive six weeks that we’ve had.
“We’ve had some really tough fixtures in that period, going away four times to Clermont, Leicester, Wasps and Ospreys and to play the way we did in a pressured situation was outstanding, it shows us what we’re capable of.”
The final fixture of Pool 2 means that Saracens finish second in the Pool and will wait to find out their fate with three pools yet to be settled and McCall said he believes in his team whatever the eventual outcome.
McCall said: “If we go through I know what we’re capable of. We’ve seen for years and we saw it tonight and we would love to be playing a big game in April, of course we would but it doesn’t really matter where it is.
“On our day we’re capable of performances like that and when we play like that we’re very difficult to play against and very difficult to beat.
“Should we go through, our players won’t hold any fears should they have to go away from home.
“We proved that against Wasps two weeks ago and Welford Road four weeks ago, in the past we’ve gone to Ulster & Racing 92 and won so we’d just be thrilled to stay in the competition.”
McCall also provided an update on Liam Williams, who withdrew from the squad before the game:
He explained: “Liam stiffened up after playing last weekend and is just a bit tight so we’re going to explore and see how he is, it’s not unusual for that sort of thing to happen after playing 80-minutes.”