McCall lauds unsung Wray

Date published: September 12 2016

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall lavished praise on Jackson Wray following his man-of-the-match performance against Exeter Chiefs.

The 34-13 victory at Sandy Park on Sunday saw several of the Premiership champions' lower-profile players stand out, such as the flanker.

Saracens went into the game without a handful of injured players such as Owen Farrell and late withdrawal George Kruis, but they dominated the game in an early-season statement to the rest of the competition.

"The really encouraging thing for me was that a lot of what people consider to be the big players for us weren't playing," McCall told BBC Sport.

"Jackson Wray is just getting better and better. He probably doesn't get enough attention but he's been incredibly consistent for us for a while.

"He stepped up even further today and that was a really good top level performance."

Alex Lozowski, Sean Maitland (2), Wray and Ben Spencer scored their tries in the bonus-point win and McCall was delighted with the result.

"There was a brilliant focus before the game today," he added.

"Sometimes you can sense that it's not quite right or that it is right, and there as a big contrast between last week and this week.

"They knew it was a big game, they knew it was serious and I thought they performed that way."