Mark McCall proud of Saracens after they end Toulouse’s unbeaten home record

Published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 by The News Editor

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was proud of his side after they ended Toulouse’s unbeaten home record to keep up their 100% winning run in the Champions Cup.

McCall’s side could finish the Champions Cup pool stages as top seeds, depending on Leicester’s result on Sunday, after making six-from-six in pool one with a 28-17 win.

They did not have it all their own way in Toulouse, where a second-half howler from England international Owen Farrell almost cost Saracens the win after the French side scored two second half tries.

Farrell fumbled the ball when going to touch down for Saracens’ second score but two penalties in the final seven minutes from the 24-year-old secured the victory.

McCall said: “Owen’s had a great season for us so we’ll forgive him for that one mistake.

“It was frustrating at times, we dominated the opening half an hour but didn’t really come away with too much for all that domination.

“We had a few opportunities in the second half that could have made them lose interest but we dropped a few balls over the line and close to the line.

“To win in France, especially Toulouse, is a very difficult thing to do and I am very proud of my players.

“If you have things all your own way it’s easy to play well but it’s how you respond to setbacks that’s important. We needed to show a bit of resilience and I thought we did that superbly.

“It’s important looking ahead to the next eight weeks that we have the squad to cope without our international players.

“We made nine changes but didn’t blink an eye. I thought Charlie (Hodgson) had a brilliant opening 40 minutes and we took him off because he’s going to be very important for us over the next few months.

“The encouraging thing for us is the age profile of the group, when you look at the forwards, who are performing week in, week out, they are all under the age of 25.

“They have all been built in-house and have grown up together, there’s a great spirit among them and if we can keep them all at the club for the next three or four years then it will be very exciting.”

Published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 by The News Editor

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