McCall hails ‘special’ Saracens

Date published: April 12 2015

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted with his side's 'fight' after they beat Leicester Tigers 22-6 in the Premiership on Saturday.

McCall's charges scored 22 unanswered points in a fine defensive display in front of a sold-out home crowd, that sees them stay in second spot in the table.

And the boss was pleased with his side's performance as despite going 0-6 down, they showed character to back up last week's European success.

"For me the character, the fight and the energy we showed in the last 20 minutes, just to keep on making tackles, keep knocking them down and carry on fighting for each other, is pretty special," he told Saracens' website.

"We have a group of guys who fight pretty hard for each other and that's such an important characteristic.

"We didn't play great in the first twenty minutes. We played into a very strong wind, coughed up some ball and gave away a couple of soft penalties really. We also missed some opportunities over the 80 minutes but we had that little purple patch where we crossed for a couple of tries.

"It's the ninth time we've scored three tries in the Premiership and those bonus points could be crucial in terms of a home semi-final. That aside, what can I say about a group of players who keep on pitching up and fighting and finding ways to win.

"It was a six day turnaround for us after a really difficult game (away to Racing Metro). We only had a two days of preparation and Leicester had two weeks to prepare for the game. There's a little bit of frustration in the dressing room because we scored our third try after 49 minutes and not much happened after that in an attacking point of view."

He added: "We were happy at half-time that we were 7-6 up, considering the strength of that wind. We probably should have done better in the last 30 minutes, but overall we are pretty pleased."

McCall also praised the collective effort of his Saracens squad after they extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

"This run began at Wasps away, which is a tough place to go and we got a great result there. Since then we've been on a great run and we've used loads of players. The whole squad have been utilised, and it doesn't really matter who starts. It's great to have Brad Barritt come back and get 70 minutes, plus, you've got Scott Spurling coming off the bench to play in the centre – he made some impact today."

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