May 17, 2017
McCall: "There is Everything to Admire About Exeter"
Mark McCall has praised Exeter Chiefs ahead of Saracens’ Premiership Semi-Final visit to Sandy Park on Saturday.
The Chiefs have won 8 consecutive matches in the Premiership and finished second after a tricky start to the season following on from their 2016 Premiership final defeat to Sarries and McCall has spoken of their form and the challenge they would pose to his side.
He said: “Exeter are on fire at the moment, they have not lost a game for a long time and they are playing at Sandy Park so for lots of reasons it is going to be a very difficult game for us.
"There is everything to admire about Exeter. Firstly, any player who goes there, they get more out of the club, and that says a lot about the coaches, the infrastructure and spirit that Exeter have.”
The Chiefs were promoted to the top tier of English rugby in 2009 and has since gone from strength to strength under Rob Baxter and McCall praised the manner in which the Devon side rallied after they endured a tough start this season.
He added: "The second most impressive thing is that they started this season not as well as they would have liked. There would have been a danger that their season would have fallen apart but the opposite happened.
"They have been on an incredible run. They are a top side with top players, well-coached, work hard, with a great spirit at the club so it will be quite a difficult challenge."
McCall and Saracens come into the game, which will be their eighth successive Premiership Semi-Final, off the back of Champions Cup glory and McCall was explained what made his side tick as well as providing an update on skipper Brad Barritt who was injured in the final.
He explained: "There is a real determination in the group to try and get better all the time and try to improve all the time. We have got a young, hungry group and that is what we talk about.
“Brad has got a chance to play.”, he added, “He is much better than we thought. He did not train on Tuesday, but he trained on Wednesday, so we will see."