Nov 23, 2015
Resilient Saracens please McCall
Director of rugby Mark McCall praised his side’s hard work after Saracens despatched Ulster in a four-try win away in Belfast on Friday night.
McCall, who has guided Saracens to a 100% start to the season, headed back to his old side Ulster in round two of the Champions Cup and witnessed his team produce a superb European away performance at the Kingspan Stadium.
“We had to work really hard for it,” said McCall after the game.
“The first 20 minutes we hadn’t done all that wrong but we were 9-0 down and I think that’s what that team has; they are very experienced and very resilient and found a way to claw their way back into the game in the second 20 minutes of the first half.
“Our half-backs were superb, they probed the corners and ran at the right times.”
Saracens now return to Premiership action this weekend, as they face Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium in the London Double Header.
“We’ve always relished playing at the London Double Header, and it’s been a bit different this year because it’s usually the first fixture of the season,” he said.
“But we enjoyed the last time we were at Twickenham and it’s always a great way for the younger players in the group to experience that atmosphere and test themselves on the big stage.
“There are so many good teams in the Aviva Premiership now, every team gets stuck in each week and there aren’t really any upsets anymore because anyone can beat anyone whether you’ve been promoted like Worcester Warriors or not.
“We had two unbelievably tough games with Newcastle last season, we lost to both Exeter and Northampton home and away so there are teams out there who will do a number on you if you don’t get your approach right.”
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