Feb 25, 2017
Saracens' 'Attitude' delights McCall
Mark McCall praised his side in both attack and defence after they defeated Sale Sharks at Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re really pleased with the attitude of the players and how physical we were out there” said McCall.
“I thought we defended magnificently out there today, Brad Barritt at the forefront of everything - some of his early collisions set the tone for the match -Jackson Wray, magnificent and Joel Conlon on starting debut was superb.”
Indeed McCall singled out both Wray and man of the match Conlon for particular praise saying, “Jackson Wray was magnificent out there, a real shinning light. How physical he was with his carrying, how physical he was with his defense, he looked like an international player out there”
McCall also gave special credit to Joel Conlon, who was awarded the man of the match award on his Aviva Premiership starting debut.
“Joel’s been a bit injury plagued since he came up from Exeter” said McCall. “When we watched him play for England U20s we knew he was an outstanding player, he instinctively gets the game, has always been a great carrier. I thought he defended superbly as a 7 out there today, he just needed a chance and he got his chance and he took it which is great.”
First half ties from Duncan Taylor, Chris Ashton plus a second half score from Nathan Earle gave Saracens the edge against a solid Sale Sharks and his side’s fineness in attack was noted by McCall.
“I thought all three tries were outstanding. First try was well executed, the second try was brilliant by Wigglesworth to spot the gap and Ashy’s [Chris Ashton] finish was good, the third try having not touched the ball for 25 minute we got our one opportunity and we were able to execute so three really good tries.”
Looking ahead to next weekend Sarries will head up to Newcastle and McCall is expecting a big test from the Falcons. “We’ve got a really tough game against Newcastle who are looking pretty formidable, again a team with no international players away, but we’ll be buoyed by what happened today and if we show that kind of effort, and skill as well, and how we execute in attack we’ll give Newcastle a good game”