McCall hails ‘professional’ Sarries

Date published: December 12 2016

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall hailed his team’s “professional” performance in Saturday’s emphatic Champions Cup win over Sale Sharks at Allianz Park.

McCall was his delighted with the champions’ effort in their 50-3 triumph in which they outscored their visitors by six tries to zero.

The result means Sarries have won all three their Pool Three matches and they are sitting pretty at the top of the table on 14 points, five clear of second placed Toulon who beat Scarlets at the weekend.

“Because of the conditions it was hugely important that we did the fundamental things really well today,” he said.

“Our set piece was going to be important, the penalty count was going to be important and I thought we were really professional in tough conditions.”

In a display where the Saracens attack was firing on all cylinders, against Sale, McCall also paid tribute to his team’s discipline and the Saracens set-piece.

“Our maul was good, our scrum as good” he added.

“We defended well [and] after a spell in the first 15 minutes where we gave away three penalties we didn’t give a penalties away for a long time.”

Saracens were bolstered today by the return of a number of players from international duty as well as new signing Will Skelton and McCall also had a word for his debutant who he says has settled in “brilliantly”.

“He’s a wonderful guy,” added McCall.

“He’s really bright and intelligent, picks things up and I thought he made a good contribution today.”

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