McCall lauds experienced players

Date published: November 21 2016

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted with his team’s “battling qualities” as they beat Sale 28-13 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The away win pushed Saracens back to the top of the Premiership standings, above Bath who had beaten Bristol on Friday to hit the summit.

McCall’s outfit were only the second team to win at Sale’s home in the Premiership in 2016 and after the match he praised his team’s showing.

“We showed a lot of battling qualities today,” he told Saracens‘ website.

“It’s very important for us to pick up as many points as we can during this (international) period and we’re very pleased to have come away with the win today. This (AJ Bell Stadium) is a tough place to pick up points.”

He added: “It was great because a lot of our experienced players were outstanding: Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Brad Barritt. I could name quite a few of them.

“We were really pleased to pick up the points and really pleased with a lot of aspects of the performance, in terms of the qualities we want to show every week.

“Our maul defence five metres from our line was outstanding. It’s normally a big strength of theirs but Jim Hamilton and the rest of the forwards did a great job.”

McCall was also impressed by young fly-half Alex Lozowski, who scored 13 points from the tee and was a constant threat with ball in hand.

“He looked really sharp out there. He ran the ball beautifully and passed well so he’s a good player,” added McCall.

“We got a couple of long-range tries out there, but we were alive to the situation and capitalised.”