Apr 02, 2016
McCall: "It's time to keep working hard"
Mark McCall is not getting carried away with his team’s blistering form over the last fortnight after the Saracens director of rugby witnessed another vintage performance from his side in their four-try 30-10 win against Bath at the Rec.
Sarries crossed for four tries with Will Fraser, Mike Ellery and an Ashton brace inflicting the damage on Bath who had full-back Anthony Watsom sent-off for a dangerous tackle on opposite number Alex Goode. The away side looked back to their best once again on Friday night, backing up a fine home win against the Exeter Chiefs the week before with the dismantling of Bath in a game that McCall said his side ‘dominated’.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I thought that we played some really good rugby, especially when it was fifteen against fifteen, we played some good stuff. When we had to defend, we defended well and our physicality was there. We really fronted up and we also played some lovely rugby."
On the Watson, red card McCall added: “We had been the dominate side up until that point (the sending off). We were 18-3 up and I’m not sure that really changed the course of the game.”
Saracens now head into a mouth-watering European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final clash against Northampton Saints next week at Allianz Park with the north Londoners well placed in the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking about the upcoming game, McCall promised that his Saracens side would remain grounded despite their recent performances winning widespread acclaim.
‘The last two weeks have gone well but it’s important we keep our feet on the ground,” said the Northern Irishman. “We’ve got a massive game next week and we know that when we get our preparation right and front up like we did today that we’re a tough proposition, but it’s time for us to keep working hard.
“They (Northampton Saints) are playing really well and I think they have a lot of confidence from their performance last weekend. They have a tough game against Wasps, so we’re all trying to get through these games and head into next weekend with a full complement of players. We’ve picked up a couple of knocks tonight but we’ll assess them as the week goes on, but it’s going to be a good game against two good teams.
“We’ve got three Aviva Premiership games left to try and get a home Semi-Final, which is something that we want to get. What you try to do at the start of the season is give yourself a chance to get to the knock out matches and it looks like we’re edging closer to getting to that stage in the Premiership for a seventh year in a row, and that’s great. We’re in a European Quarter-Final as well and that gives you a chance, but that’s all it gives you. We’ve been a journey in the Champions Cup for four seasons now and I think we’ve learned a lot in that time and had some big matches that we’ve played in and hopefully that experience will stand up is good stead next weekend.”
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