May 03, 2017
McCall backing squad ahead of Wasps trip
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall has re-iterated his confidence in the strength of his squad ahead of his side’s visit to the Ricoh Arena to face Wasps on Saturday.
The last game of the Premiership season is Sarries’ last before they travel to Edinburgh for the Champions Cup final against Clermont at Murrayfield and when asked about prioritisation of fixtures, McCall backed his squad’s depth and mentality.
He explained: “We’ve got players who see the bigger picture but listen, we’re going to send a good team down to Wasps on Saturday.
“We’ll give it everything that we’ve got and if that’s good enough on the day then great but if it’s not then I don’t think there are going to be any scars.
He added, “If this was the last weekend of the season with no play-offs then we’d be sending a different side down, but it’s not the case.”
As well as praising the depth of his squad, McCall praised the medical team as he revealed that the squad would be virtually injury free as it heads towards the sharp end of the season.
McCall said: “Juan Figallo and Will Fraser are out for the season, we know that.
“Aside from that, Duncan Taylor is still carrying a rib injury but is possibly going to be fit and Richard Barrington should be back this week so not too bad at all.
“It’s a great position to be in and full credit should go to the medical team for keeping so many players fit for this point in the season.”
Talking of the prospect of a home Semi-Final, McCall chose to focus praising the work done by the Men in Black’s play-off rivals.
He remarked upon the respective strength of Wasps and Exeter, saying: “If I thought that the home semi-final was all important then I’d be sending a different side down but I don’t believe it is.”
“It would be nice but the truth is, Exeter and Wasps aren’t in the Champions Cup Final next week and we are, so we have to make some sensible selection decisions around that."
“I think we’ve got a decent history in play-off games over the last couple of seasons, players will take confidence from that but Wasps and Exeter are outstanding teams.
“We’ve got 77-points and the last five or six years that would almost be good enough to finish top, that shows the quality of Wasps and Exeter’s respective seasons that they could finish on 83/84 points which would be an outstanding achievement by both of those teams.
“If we are going to win the Premiership then we’ll have to get past two fantastic sides”