Search

Mark McCall hails Saracens’ win at Gloucester as one of best yet

PUBLISHED: 07:03 05 January 2014

Saracens full-back Alex Goode goes over for the third try against Gloucester. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Saracens full-back Alex Goode goes over for the third try against Gloucester. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

2014 Getty Images

Saracens boss Mark McCall hailed “a great performance” by his Aviva Premiership leaders after Gloucester were crushed 29-8 at Kingsholm.

Scrum-half Neil de Kock, wing David Strettle and full-back Alex Goode scored tries, while England fly-half Owen Farrell booted 14 points as Saracens reclaimed top spot from title rivals Northampton.

“I think the first 30 minutes was as good as we’ve been in terms of our overall game,” McCall said.

“Our set-piece was dominant, our kicking game and intensity were at a high level, and we combined that with some really good rugby as well.

“To be 19-0 up away from home against Gloucester takes a bit of doing. It was a great performance.”

Saracens even kept Gloucester out when they had forwards Billy Vunipola and Steve Borthwick sin-binned in quick succession during the second half, and McCall added: “We showed that togetherness, we fought for everything and the fact we didn’t concede during that time was outstanding.

“To back up the Leicester performance [before Christmas] with two away win away wins like we’ve done against Worcester and Gloucester tells you a lot about the culture and togetherness at the club.

“We are in a good place at the moment.”

McCall also paid tribute to Saracens’ England centre Brad Barritt, who shone on his first start since suffering an ankle injury in September and looks set for a Six Nations return next month.

“For Brad to produce that level of performance having had 30 minutes of rugby in five months is quite something. I thought he was outstanding,” McCall said.

“He was brilliant. He passed the ball really well, too, and the combination with Marcelo Bosch in midfield was really good.”

All Gloucester could muster in reply was a Billy Twelvetrees penalty and a late Matt Cox try, but their pack was painfully dismantled, with England internationals like Ben Morgan and Matt Kvesic experiencing an afternoon to forget.

Related articles

0 comments

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

6 minutes ago

Sarries players Brad Barritt, Will Fraser, Neil de Kock and Schalk Brits took part in session last week

14:00

Royston Town visit Coles Park, while Blues ready to entertain National League side Woking

13:30

Middlesex man Dawid Malan could also make Test debut in game at the Oval

12:00

North Middlesex beat ealing in final on Sunday

Spurs set for busy week of action in the International Champions Cup and prepared to play familar faces

09:00

Haringey Huskies have added another defenceman to the roster with Ryan Payne penning a deal for the 2017/18 season.

Yesterday, 17:24

The NR F1 Podcast takes to the airwaves to bring you its 2017 British Formula 1 Grand Prix review.

Yesterday, 17:00

France international has been linked with Everton, AC Milan, West Ham and Marseille in recent weeks

PROMOTED CONTENT

Navigating divorce or separation when there are children involved can be emotionally difficult and confusing for everyone involved. Here, Jessica Palmer of Streathers Solicitors in Hampstead, offers answers to commonly asked questions

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now