McCall frustrated by Leicester draw

Date published: November 17 2014

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Saracens boss Mark McCall was left frustrated as he watched his side throw away victory at Welford Road in a 21-21 draw with Leicester.

Saracens boss Mark McCall was left frustrated as he watched his side throw away victory at Welford Road in a 21-21 draw with Leicester.

Last year’s Premiership runners-up were edging the tryless affair thanks to the boot of Charlie Hodgson, only to concede a last-minute penalty which Owen Williams slotted to sneak the draw.

A win would have put Sarries top of the table, level on points with Northampton, however they now sit fourth after dropping those two points.

They host Saints next week at Allianz Park, and McCall knows his team’s discipline must improve quickly after Tigers fly-half Williams finished with seven penalties to his name.

“When you are winning the game with 45 seconds to go you’re obviously disappointed not to win the game,” said director of rugby McCall.

“We should never had been in that position really. It was a very tight game, and was a real arm-wrestle throughout.

“We seemed to have the edge through the whole game, and when we were six points up we found a way of letting them back into the match. Our discipline wasn’t up to our usual standards.”

McCall’s frustration wasn’t just with his own players however, with the decisive final scrum penalty against Rhys Gill, going the wrong way in his opinion.

“I thought it was a penalty for us, it’s obvious to most people who have watched it,” he added.

“You are required to stay square, which he [Gill] did. Their tighthead is under pressure and he goes three metres in the air so you have nothing to scrummage against. Most people could see what happened.”

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