Dec 11, 2017
McCall: "We Hope we Can be Proud of How we Respond"
Mark McCall says that he hopes his players respond well going into the rest of the season after a tricky 48-14 defeat to Clermont-Auvergne on Monday evening.
In a fixture rearranged from the previous day due to snow, the French side scored two early tries to put Sarries on the back foot as Morgan Parra ran the game, helping lay on a hat-trick of tries for Alivereti Raka.
Sarries scored two tries of their own through George Kruis and a penalty try but it was not w enough to stop an unfortunate result getting away from the back-to-back European champions.
Speaking after the game, McCall said: “We didn’t see it coming, I know there was talk about the games we’d lost in recent weeks but they were tight games lost by a point or two.
“For me it shows what a couple of early tries from the opposition can do to your confidence, we missed so many tackles tonight which is unlike us; there were individuals falling off tackles and they had enough very good athletes to penalise us.”
“What we just said in the changing room is that by the end of January we hope we can be proud of how we respond to this difficult situation we find ourselves in.”
Next Sunday, Sarries travel to take on Clermont in the reverse fixture at Stade Marcel-Michelin ahead of Premiership games against Leicester, Worcester and Wasps and McCall says that his team is focused on finding a solution, explaining:
“It isn’t just about outcomes, we’ve got a difficult game against Clermont away in six days’ time and it’s really important that we stay tight and stick together as a group.
“We’ve got enough good players and enough people that care about the club for us to respond in the right way to this period.
“We’ve got three Champions Cup games and three Premiership games in which to find some form and get back to our true selves.”