Saracens coach Mark McCall is excited at the prospect of competing for a second major trophy in the space of three weeks with his team, after the European champions recorded an impressive 44-17 victory over Leicester in their Premiership semi-final on Saturday.
“This is the week I was worried about to be honest” he admitted, “because obviously the players celebrated as they should have done after winning the final last week for a couple of days.
"Leicester had had some time to prepare for this game and we’d had a shorter preparation time so this was the one that I was worried about! We’re delighted to be in another final and I think we’ll have no problems getting the players up for things this week.”
Looking back on the game McCall admitted too that Leicester’s resurgence early in the second half had jangled a few nerves in the coaching box.
“We were pretty nervous when it was 31-17 with half an hour to go” he said.
“It might have been the worst moment of all our careers if that had happened but thankfully we had enough class in the team to make sure that didn’t happen.”
Class Saracens do have and McCall also had a few words for try scorers Chris Ashton and Chris Wyles who both put in strong performances, with Ashton being named man of the match.
“Chris Wyles has played over 200 games for this club, [he is] unheralded in many quarters but a brilliant rugby player and took his two tires brilliantly today” McCall reflected.
“I think Ashy’s two finishes were high high high class finishes by a top quality winger his first try needed a lot of scoring his second try as well and hopefully that’s enough to get him on the plane to Australia."
Looking ahead to the final next week the Saracens Director of Rugby says his team will benefit from their experience but also acknowledges that they will face stiff competition on the Twickenham turf.
“We’re under no illusions that Exeter and Wasps are absolute quality sides and we’ll probably need to be better than we were today if we’re going to win that game,” he said.
“We do have a very experienced group in these play off matches now and the talk in the changing room at the end of the match, it wasn’t a jubilant changing room it was a changing room that recognised that we need to be better at certain things in next weeks’ game.”