McCall delight at Vunipola display

Date published: January 18 2015

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall heaped praise on number eight Billy Vunipola after he helped set up a big win over Munster.

Last year’s finalists eventually ran out 33-10 winners in a surprisingly one-sided affair at Allianz Park, running in three tries in total.

That sets up a winner-takes-all clash away at Clermont next weekend, but it was Vunipola who stole the headlines with a blistering display of ball-carrying.

In the absence of the injured Ben Morgan, Vunipola is set to reclaim the England number eight jersey, and the youngster showed what he can do as he simply manhandled Munster.

“Billy was phenomenal today,” McCall said.

“He was a force of nature in attack and defence, but I thought we had outstanding performances right through the group.

“Richard Wigglesworth was magnificent – he set the pace and tone of the match – and Chris Ashton was outstanding – not his two tries, which were good – but some of his kicking game early on allowed us to control things.

“There is a small sense of frustration that we didn’t get the fourth try (and bonus point), but I thought it was a really good performance.

“We are in a position where we go to Clermont, and if we win the match, we win the pool. That is what our intention is going to be.”