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

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

A delighted Arsene Wenger heaped praise on his Arsenal players for showing huge amounts of grit and determination at Wembley as they gave a battling performance to overcome Manchester City to reach the FA Cup Final.

Arsenal won through to the 2017 FA Cup Final in the merry month of May by valiantly triumphing over the might of Manchester City 2-1 after extra time on a dramatic semi-final afternoon at Wembley today.

Yesterday, 19:20

Defending champions declaration leaves rivals to chase 452 at Lord’s

Yesterday, 08:01

Dane Eriksen is Spurs best player in Wembley defeat

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chelsea 4 Tottenham 2

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Eskinazi ton puts defending champions in control

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Munster 10 Saracens 26

Saturday, April 22, 2017

His furrowed brow lifts slightly and the merest hint of a smile widens his mouth. He is not reacting to a joke but a happy memory.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

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