Oct 28, 2017
'Sensible' Saracens please McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his side’s senior players after his side ran-in five second half tries to beat London Irish 44-13 at a sold-out Allianz Park.
After a lacklustre first half where Saracens laboured to a 13-6 lead through a solitary Mako Vunipola try, the north Londoners overpowered the Exiles in a sparkling second half display in which full-back Alex Goode starred.
Speaking after the game, McCall paid tribute to his senior players for how they reacted to a ‘frustrating’ opening forty minutes.
"In the first half we had to fight pretty hard as you have to do in every Aviva Premiership game,” said McCall, who’s side will top the Aviva Premiership table heading into the Anglo-Welsh Cup break. “We were pretty inaccurate in our play and we spent a long time down in London Irish’s half and didn’t come away with much which was a little bit frustrating that weren’t as clinical with our chances, but I'm happy with how we responded.
“We were much better in the second half. We have a pretty sensible bunch of players who had some good advice for themselves out there on the pitch and they fixed the small things that we needed to fix. We had to be more direct and make better decisions, wear them down and then the tries would come, and the players did that.”
Alex Goode was one such player who stamped his authority on the game in the second half, with the mecurial Saracens full-back at his creative best as he tore the London Irish backline to shreds in the second half. Goode, who had a hand in Chris Wyles’, Liam Williams’ and Nathan Earle’s tries was voted Man of the Match and McCall was delighted with his full-back’s virtuoso display.
“Alex (Goode) was amazing,” beamed McCall. “Some of his counter attacking was just magnificent today, but it wasn’t just that, some of the important passes he gave, like the one for Liam Williams’ try where he knew exactly when to put the brakes on and find his winger was superb. He was voted the best player in the Premiership a couple of seasons ago and he’s playing at the level again for us, he may not be in the (England) picture at the moment but he’s been great for us. He did very well out there.”