Dec 29, 2017
McCall Striving For Constant Improvement
Mark McCall has provided an update on his squad as well as praising his team’s improvement as they prepare to host Worcester Warriors on Saturday.
Sarries rose to second in the table with a 29-17 win at Leicester on Christmas Eve and McCall is benefitting from a recuperating squad heading into 2018.
Giving an update, he said: “Brad Barritt is back and Duncan Taylor will be in the squad this weekend as well, Liam Williams isn’t available this weekend but is getting close.
“Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola are not going to make it for this weekend but we’re hopeful that they’re going to be available to play against Wasps next weekend.
McCall also found time to praise his team’s recent performances in recent weeks and says that he is getting what he wants put of the squad in terms of constant improvement.
He explained: “There have been two decent performances the last couple of weekends, the Leicester performance was a little bit improved on the Clermont performance which is what we were after; I think trying to improve week-on-week is now the objective.
“We said after the first Clermont game at Allianz Park that we would judge our response over a six-week period, we’re only two weeks into that response but are doing okay on and off the field; we need to keep building though over the rest of this period.”
Worcester have won four of their last six matches, a run that has seen them pull away from the bottom of the Premiership table and the Sarries Director of Rugby was complimentary towards the Midlands side.
“Worcester are on a very rich vein of form at the moment,”, he said, “They’re very settled and are playing good rugby; they have had some really good wins, not just against London Irish last weekend but beating Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers, they’re an improving team.”
The Men in Black returned to training on Wednesday after a rest at the start of the week and McCall commended the team’s application.
He said: “It’s a six-day turnaround for us with Christmas Day right at the front-end of the week and a couple of days off which we thought they’d earned after a couple of really tough away performances against Clermont and Leicester.
We’ve had two really good training days on Wednesday and Thursday and the players will rest up on Friday to bring the energy that we want on Saturday, It’s normal for us to want to plan the same way and do the same due-diligence before every game.