Dec 03, 2017
McCall: "We Should Have Won"
Mark McCall said that his team should have won the game after Saracens’ narrow 20-19 defeat to Harlequins on Sunday afternoon.
A last-gasp Tim Visser try earned the South Londoners the win after Sarries had lead the majority of the match thanks to a try from skipper Brad Barritt and the reliable right boot of Owen Farrell.
McCall explained that his team should have been able to win but that he expects that they will learn their lesson from the game, the Director of Rugby explained:
“We’ve been in winning positions the last three weeks and had a lot of experienced players on the field today; we’ve got to learn lessons from it, this one was different from the other two because we really were the masters of our own downfall today”
“All three games are games that we could have won, but particularly today we should have won, being 8-points up with nine minutes to go with Harlequins under a bit of pressure; so it’s just disappointing to lose a game in the manner we did.”
The three-time Premiership winner complimented his team’s effort and energy but admits that he thought that ill-discipline may have cost his side a win that came so close
He said: “It’s incredibly disappointing to lose a game that we should have won; we chucked it away to be honest; we put in a huge amount of energy and effort into the game and got ourselves into a winning position but it was wasted effort in the end.
“We gave away some terrible penalties all game but particularly in the last 15 minutes when we didn’t need to; we just needed to be bright and smart in in what we did and our decision making around the breakdown.
“We’re okay,” McCall added, “We’re third in the Premiership, top of our Champions Cup pool and have got some big games coming up, starting with Clermont at Allianz Park next week”
Maro Itoje was taken off the pitch with a facial injury during the second-half and during his press-conference, McCall fielded questions regarding the 22-year-old’s injury and provided an update.
He explained: “Maro has gone to hospital with a facial injury so we’ll get an update in the next 24 hours on whether it’s structural or not.