McCall looking forward to Scarlets clash

Date published: January 12 2017

Saracens boss Mark McCall has called upon his side to continue their strong form ahead of their ‘massive’ European clash with the Scarlets.

Currently sat at the summit of the group with 18 points, 10 clear of second placed Toulon, from their four victories, Saracens head to the Parc y Scarlets with knockout stage qualification firmly in their sights.

Speaking to Saracens ahead of the trip to Wales, McCall said: “It has been a good campaign for us so far, 18 points from the first four games took a lot of doing and we understand the importance and the significance of the game in terms of getting us what we want which is a home quarter-final.”

“Whether 22 points will be enough I am not sure, it might not be and then the Toulon game the week after becomes all the more important.”

The North Londoners ran out 44-26 victors when the two sides met at Allianz Park back in round two but McCall is all too aware of the threat this Sunday’s opponents possess, singling out future Saracen Liam Williams as just one of the Scarlets’ danger men.

“He is a magnificent aerial player whether under a high ball or chasing one. He is illusive, he is quick, he’s aggressive and a good defender. He is everything you want in a winger,” said McCall.

“It is obvious an exciting signing for the club but now he plays for them and we have got a very big job to do.

“They lost their first home game but they’ve won eight consecutively there so it is a tough old place to go. They have got some big scalps there and it is a game with a lot on it for us because if we win this weekend the Toulon game becomes unimportant. It is a massive game for us.”