March 12 2014 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saracens director or rugby Mark McCall hailed the performance of Tim Streather after the centre stepped in for an ill Marcelo Bosch “30 seconds” before kick-off and helped the Londoners to a 49-10 romp past Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.
The six scores from Chris Ashton (2), Jack Wilson, Billy Vunipola, Jackson Wray and a penalty try leaves the Hendon side three points clear at the summit over Christmas while dishing out the east Midlands outfit’s heaviest defeat in the league courtesy.
“Everyone was aware of the players Leicester were missing but people forget that we were missing Joel Tomkins, Brad Barritt and Duncan Taylor in the centres, then Marcelo Bosch cries off with illness with 30 seconds to go before kick-off” revealed McCall, who was in charge of his 100th game as Saracens boss.
“Marcelo was sick overnight, and although he felt fine before the warm-up as he came off he felt pretty faint so it just seemed sensible to put a fully fit, albeit a little bit fatigued Tim Streather on the pitch, rather than Marcelo who wasn’t feeling that great.
“Tim had ran four and half kilometres in a conditioning session yesterday afternoon and he’s chucked in with 30 seconds to go and he did brilliantly.”
McCall joked: “Obviously he wasn’t training hard enough on Friday.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Tim; he’s had a frustrating four months at Saracens because he knows there are a lot of good centres at the cub and I thought that he showed a lot of quality.”
McCall’s men went in at half time 18-10 up but that was a scoreline that flattered Tigers as Saracens were dominant from start to finish. Graham Kitchener’s try came from the forward charging down an Owen Farrell clearance kick, but other than that Leicester exhibited few attacking threats.
“I’m really pleased with the performance” said McCall.
“In both halves, as we made good use of the wind in the first half and we had a nervous enough lead of eight points going into half time.
“The score right before half-time was important, as was the try just after half-time.
“Overall, every area of our game was good. Our physicality all the way through was good, we defended well, we were creating chances and there was a real appetite for the ball. We got some really quick ball because of the way we carried and we very clinical.”
A late concussion for Farrell threatened to overshadow the performance but, after recieving treatment for 10 minutes on the Allianz Park pitch and being stretchered off in a neck brace, he emerged on the bench to huge cheers from the crowd moments before the final whistle.
“Owen has a bang on the head and will go through the normal protocols, but is fine,” McCall said.