Apr 18, 2015
Proud McCall reflects on Euro exit
Saracens boss Mark McCall hailed his side’s performance in defeat, after the Allianz Park club were knocked out of Europe in a tight 13-9 defeat to ASM Clermont Auvergne.
Played in a cauldron of colour and noise at St-Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy Guichard stadium, the 41,500 partisan crowd of Les Vulcans fans roared their side onto victory at the expense of McCall’s brave charges in tense European Champions Cup semi-final.
Speaking after the game, a proud McCall said: “I thought the effort in many aspects of the performance was phenomenal. We made Clermont play a game today that they didn’t really want to play. The game was on a knife edge up until ten minutes to go. We said in the changing room that we can look back at some of the small things that we didn’t do well enough today.
“We made a few too many errors at crucial times, and didn’t sustain any pressure. In terms of the big things though, the things that we talk about a lot as a group, we were magnificent today.
“We put them under a lot of pressure, and they put us under a lot of pressure. It was just one of those titanic games. We just couldn’t take one or two half chances in the game.”
McCall added: “Of our starting pack today, five were 24 or under. That’s unbelievably young for a competition such as this and if you compare that to Clermont’s side. All of them are ready, and they showed that. They’re five young English players that have come through our academy, and they are going to be around and hopefully be a mainstay of our club for years and years to come. They are going to be pretty good when the hit 28 and 29 and all of them were magnificent today.”