McCall not getting carried away after bright start

Date published: September 5 2016

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Despite starting their Premiership campaign with a 35-5 victory over Worcester, Saracens coach Mark McCall thinks they have work to do if they want to reach the same heights as last season.

The match was evenly poised at half-time with Saracens leading 6-3, before the champions pulled away in the second half through tries by Schalk Burger, Alex Lozowski and Jamie George before Ben Spencer sealed the bonus point with an outrageous individual try.

And despite the five-point win which sees them go top of the standings, McCall feels his charges have a long way to go.

"I actually thought our skill level wasn’t great as a team, we could have passed the ball a lot better than we did and we made a lot of errors with the ball – some of which was forced by Worcester, the rest was forced by ourselves and we will have to do a little bit of work on that," McCall told the Saracens website.

"Overall I am not too happy, I am happy we got five points, we’re always happy to win, but that was a hugely rusty performance. I thought we defended well for the whole game, so that is something to hang our hat on. We need to give Worcester a lot of credit in that first-half, they were really physical and made life hard for us with the ball and at the breakdown.

"A lot of people played well, but we just need to be more consistent across the game than we were."

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