May 06, 2017
McCall: "We made a lot of mistakes"
Mark McCall praised his team’s effort as they fell to a 35-15 defeat to Wasps on Saturday.
A first-half try from Ben Spencer, converted by former Wasp Alex Lozowski, paired with a long-range penalty from Marcelo Bosch kept the North London club in the hunt at the break, Thomas Youngs’ double putting Wasps 16-10 ahead.
Three further tries for the home side after the break from Christian Wade, Elliot Daly and a hat-trick score for Young put Saracens to the sword, Ben Spencer crossing for his second in the losing cause.
“I thought Wasps definitely deserved to win the game,” said the Saracens director of rugby post-match.
“I think our effort was good but we made a lot of mistakes. They are not the kind of team you want to make handling errors against and they are the best broken-field team in the competition.
“We were hanging on for a while but our effort meant we were always in the fight and with 20 minutes to go it was an interesting game but we continued to make the errors we made and they eventually pulled away.”
With a to Edinburgh to face Clermont in the Champions Cup final on the horizon for the club, nine changes were made to the squad ahead of the trip to the Ricoh Arena, a decision McCall stands by despite the defeat and subsequent semi-final away from Allianz Park.
“There were some players we really felt strongly that needed to rest this game, a couple of players who were just carrying small things which had this been the semi-final with nothing next week would have played. But we didn’t think it was worth the gamble playing them while others played today and got some important game time” added McCall.
“We had some choices to make. The three other Premiership semi-finalists all get to rest their players next weekend, as they did when we played against Munster, and something has got to give. Whether it proves to be right or wrong I don’t think will depend on results. We think we have done the right thing.”