Dec 19, 2016
McCall: "We stuck to our guns"
Director of rugby Mark McCall was pleased with his side’s patience after Saracens ran-in two late tries to defeat Sale Sharks 24-10 at the AJ Bell Stadium in round four of the Champions Cup.
The win was Saracens’ 13th successive victory in European rugby’s elite club competition, equalling Munster’s record and speaking after tries from Owen Farrell and Nathan Earle sealed the win. Speaking after the game, McCall was keen to stress that there was still work to do in Pool 3 heading into the final two rounds in the New Year.
“We've two difficult games to come in January to complete the pool and there are still points to be played for. We got a very different Sale Sharks tonight," said McCall.
"They (Sale Sharks) made it difficult for us. It wasn't the greatest game to watch, but we stuck to our guns, dominated field position and got the win in the end. But give Sale a huge amount of credit because they defended superbly well.
"My own view was that we had control of the territory we gained but weren't as good as we could have been when down their end.
"We had to stay in the fight and keep on doing the right things and it was a good win for us. It was a really game against a good Sale Sharks side."
During the contest, Saracens’ England prop Mako Vunipola limped off with a knee injury. "Mako has got a bit of soreness in his knee which will be assessed in the next couple of days," McCall said.
"He doesn't feel too bad in the changing room but we don't really know at this stage”