McCall backs improving Saracens

Date published: April 7 2016

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall thinks their experience of the knockout stages have made them stronger ahead of facing Northampton.

This weekend will see the current Premiership leaders host their first European quarter-final at Allianz Park after an unbeaten pool campaign.

And for boss McCall he believes this could be a coming of age for his charges after consistently showing they are a serious team in Europe..

"I think that over the four year period this is our fifth consecutive quarter final, and during that period we have gained experience in the competition and played in a lot of knockout matches," he told Saracens' official website..

"Maybe four years ago when we got into our first quarter-final we weren't quite ready and we were dealt a bit of a lesson by Clermont at home at Vicarage Road. But each year I think we’ve become a little bit stronger, a little bit better and the players that we have are more experienced than they’ve ever been playing in these big matches.

"It doesn’t actually mean that you’re going to win because of those things but because you’ve been there and done it, it can give you a better opportunity."

McCall also paid tribute to their upcoming opponents, saying that Northampton have shown 'resilience' to make the last eight of the tournament.

"Northampton are playing really well and have shown a lot of resilience," he said.

"In the Champions Cup they have also shown resilience to get in to the last eight and they are the qualities you expect from this kind of side – they’re a good team."