McCall has ‘huge respect’ for Glasgow

Date published: January 23 2017

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall expects a “huge test” when they face off with Glasgow in their Champions Cup quarter-final.

Third takes on sixth seed in Europe in April after both ended their pool campaign on a positive note, Saracens with a 10-3 win over Toulon.

Glasgow meanwhile were excellent in their 43-0 victory at Leicester Tigers and McCall realises the Scottish team are a side to be wary of.

“Glasgow Warriors are a team we have a huge respect for. Under Gregor Townsend they’ve been building as a side and growing to this point as a squad and in this year’s competition they have produced some fantastic performances against Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers, two sides who have real European pedigree,” he said.

“There’s a really positive energy in their squad and they have a team packed full of internationals so it’ll be a huge test for us but one that we’re looking forward to.”

Saracens confirmed they want to stage the game at Allianz Park, with the capacity of the ground being temporarily increased to 15,000.

“We’d be delighted to play the game at Allianz Park” added McCall. “In our experience, European quarter-finals are always tight and testing occasions so to have our home support behind us is a real positive. Our fans have really rallied behind the team this season when we’ve needed their support and I’m sure that they’ll be looking forward to this game as much as we are.”