Saracens - Quarter final place 'delights' McCall

Jan 25, 2015

Quarter final place 'delights' McCall

Mark McCall says he is ‘delighted’ with his side’s progression into the quarter finals of the European Champions Cup.

Despite a frustrating 18-6 defeat to ASM Clermont Auvergne in the final round of a “tough” Pool 1 of the competition, the Saracens director of rugby was upbeat about his side’s chances for their clash away to Racing Metro in the first weekend of April.

"Given how tough the Pool was we are delighted to be in the quarter-finals,” said McCall in his post-match press conference. “We had to go to Ulster, who were unbeaten, in last year's quarter-final and then had to play Clermont in the semis, so we will look forward to going to Racing."

On the game itself, McCall bemoaned the period that followed losing Saracens wing David Strettle to an innocuous yellow card midway through a tight second half.

"The game got away from us when Dave Strettle got sent to the sin bin. It is disappointing because we really felt we had a chance to win, but we underperformed," said McCall.

He added: "The first-half was pretty even and overall we were better without the ball than we were with it. We defended OK, but the game swung on the two yellow cards - they made the most of the extra-man while Strettle was off, while we didn't while they were down to 14.”

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