Dec 13, 2015
McCall believes there is more to come
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes there is more to come from his Saracens side despite the north Londoners impressive 45-10 win away to Oyonnax in the Champions Cup.
McCall’s side ran in six tries at the Stade Charles Mathon, with the Premiership champions extending their unbeaten start to the 2015/16 season to nine games.
Speaking after the game, McCall said: “I think the performance was a mixed one in truth. When we were good we were very good. We had a 25-minute period in the beginning of the match where we didn’t really leave our own half because of our ill-discipline, but when we got into their half we were very clinical and scored a couple of nice tries.
“In the second half that continued when we scored a couple of smashing tries to get the bonus point, but thereafter the game drifted a little bit, but that can happen when you’re 38-3 up.”
On the day where Owen Farrell and Alex Goode impressed, McCall singled out flanker Michael Rhodes for praise after a superb game from the former Stormers loose forward.
“Mike had a superb game today,” beamed McCall. “Physically he really fronted up. He was good with the ball and good without the ball but across the board we have competition for places that allows us to rotate and keep our squad fresh as the big games keep on coming.”
The Saracens director of rugby also revealed in his post-match presser that England had recently approached Defence and Forwards Coach Paul Gustard for a role in Eddie Jones’ coaching team.
McCall said: “Paul has been made an offer to become an assistant coach with England. Paul is considering the offer and I’m sure there will be some dealings between the RFU and ourselves over the next 24-48 hours. When there is anything more to add we will announce in due course.”