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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was pleased with the “very satisfying” 26-8 bonus-point victory over Worcester that maintained his side’s dominance of the Aviva Premiership.
League leaders Saracens had not beaten Worcester at Sixways Stadium in the Premiership since 2007 but made amends with a four-try win. They are now three points above second-placed Northampton in the table.
There was also good news for England national coach Stuart Lancaster as centre Brad Barritt returned to action following foot surgery. He sustained the injury back in September.
McCall said that Barritt’s return was “a highlight of the day”, adding: “It was great to get 30 minutes out of Brad and he will be likely to start against Gloucester next week.
The Hendon side’s victory was a professional display that pleased McCall, despite the fact he oversaw a second half in which his side were under the cosh for long periods.
Wing David Strettle, hooker Schalk Brits, full-back Alex Goode and fly-half Charlie Hodgson all scored tries for Saracens in the opening 30 minutes to grab the bonus point, with Hodgson securing three conversions.
Worcester’s points came through a solitary penalty from fly-half Ignacio Mieres and a first-half try from number eight Leonardo Senatore.
McCall said: “We scored four wonderful tries in the first 30 minutes and fought for each other in the second half. It is a very satisfying result for us.
“We have struggled down at Sixways in the last four seasons and lost here, so to come and get a bonus-point win, we are really happy.
“The scoreline was unfortunate for Worcester as they fronted up but we were very clinical and took our chances.
“You see it often that you have the job done early, you have the bonus point in the bag, you have important games coming up and as much as you would like to sustain a performance for 80 minutes, sometimes it does not happen.”