McCall pleased with Sarries spirit

Date published: December 28 2014

Mark McCall was pleased with the spirit shown by his Saracens side as they battled to a 25-23 win away at Newcastle on Saturday.

Sarries trailed 13-10 just after half-time, but fought back with second-half tries from Nick Tompkins and Chris Ashton.

That allowed them to open up a comfortable lead, and despite conceding two late Chris Harris tries, Juan Pablo Socino’s missed conversion with the final kick of the game, ensured Sarries would return to London with four points.

McCall’s side now sit third in the table although they are a little way behind top two Northampton and Bath at the halfway stage.

However McCall is pleased with how his team have got on so far this season heading into a clash with London Irish to start 2015.

“We did well to come back from a few set backs throughout the game. In the last ten minutes we made a lot of poor decisions during that time, but overall this is a difficult place to come, and on a difficult day when they announced they had their biggest crowd in over six years,” said McCall.

“Having gone 13-10 down I thought our response was terrific.

“Overall, I was pleased with a lot of things that happened. We should have seen the game out quite comfortably to be honest, and we didn’t quite manage that.

“I think the things that served us so well in the 70 minutes seemed to go out the window in that last ten. Credit to Newcastle, they took advantage of our slackness in that period, but I don’t want that to sour what was a very good 70 minutes that I was very pleased with.

“Today was the halfway point of the league with it being the 11th game, and we’re there or thereabouts. We’re reasonably happy with where we’re at and we are looking forward to our next few games.”