Sep 05, 2016
McCall seeking improvement after 'rusty' opening day display
Mark McCall believes Saracens have work to do if they are to match last season’s success after a 35-3 Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Worcester Warriors at the London Double Header.
Saracens and Worcester were poised at 6-3 at half-time, with Carl Hogg’s side defending admirably and the reigning Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership Rugby champions lacking their usual ruthlessness in possession.
The pulled away with a stunning second-half blitz; Schalk Burger, Alex Lozowski and Jamie George all scored before Ben Spencer sealed the bonus point with an outrageous individual try.
And despite the five-point win which sees them go top of the Aviva Premiership standings, he feels his charges have a long way to go.
“I actually thought our skill level wasn’t great as a team, we could have passed the ball a lot better than we did and we made a lot of errors with the ball – some of which was forced by Worcester, the rest was forced by ourselves and we will have to do a little bit of work on that,” McCall explained.
“Overall I am not too happy, I am happy we got five points, we’re always happy to win, but that was a hugely rusty performance. I thought we defended well for the whole game, so that is something to hang our hat on. We need to give Worcester a lot of credit in that first-half, they were really physical and made life hard for us with the ball and at the breakdown.
McCall added: “A lot of people played well, but we just need to be more consistent across the game than we were.”