Mar 20, 2018
This weekend is about gaining momentum - McCall
Mark McCall says this weekend’s match at London Stadium gives Saracens the chance to ‘gain momentum’ ahead of an important few weeks.
The Men in Black are back in Aviva Premiership action against London rivals Harlequins, a fixture that will see more than 55,000 fans attend, before travelling to take on Leinster in the Champions Cup eight days later.
Looking and moving forward is very much the Saracens way and McCall believes there is plenty to be excited about starting with a new venue on Saturday.
“It’s exciting for the playing group - our team at Saracens have done such a brilliant job to sell (that many tickets),” he told Saracens.com.
“The first seven months of the season has had its challenges; it’s been tough and we’ve had things to contend with.
“However, we’re doing well in both competitions and it’s time to get excited about the things ahead.
“This weekend is about trying to gain some momentum, not just for the Leinster game but for the rest of the season.”
Sarries welcome back eight players from international duty following the conclusion of the Six Nations.
Whether they all come straight back into contention for Saturday’s match remains to be seen but McCall admits they will be managed properly over the coming weeks.
He said: “We’re blessed we have a group of international players who enjoy coming back to the club. They’re glad to be back with their team-mates and there’s a good feeling around the place.
“We do have some decisions to make as to who we include this weekend.
“We’ve got a brilliant performance team here who we listen to with whatever they tell us in terms of how long or not the players should train.
“We’re a little bit different to some of the other clubs who are going to have next week off when we’ve got the European quarter-final.
“We do know we’ll need to be clever and sensible with how we manage those players. We’ll do that via how they train, how often they train and their match minutes.”