McCall sweats over fitness of Saracens pair after win at Wasps
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Sarries have crucial period coming up, but could be without some of their key players
Mark McCall is sweating on the fitness of Saracens pair Mako Vunipola and Michael Rhodes after their 31-14 victory at Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership.
Saracens’ success was all the more impressive given the late withdrawal of Mako Vunipola and Michael Rhodes due to injury.
Director of rugby McCall pledged changes for the visit of Exeter next weekend and is keeping his fingers crossed Vunipola’s knock is not serious.
He said: “I think to back up last weekend emotionally and physically given the scale of the game and at the same place was always going to be a challenge.
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“I think the team did well to put in the overall performance that we did, especially in the first half.
“It was a good performance given what we’d gone through the week before.
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“It’s the first time we’ve played more or less the same team in consecutive games for seven matches, trying to fight on two fronts.
“We’ve come through this unscathed and we can wrap some players up in cotton wool with the final in mind.
“Mako hurt his ankle a little bit in training, we’re hopeful it’s nothing too sinister.
“Michael Rhodes had a sore back this morning, with the final in mind we wrapped him up in cotton wool. It’s the same with Wiggy.
“Our team will be much-changed next week.”
Dai Young declared Wasps ‘out of aces’ as they folded to a 31-14 defeat to high-rollers Saracens.
Wasps were dealt a trio of early blows and never looked like bouncing back from the concession of three first-half tries, by Ben Spencer, Liam Williams and Will Skelton.
Young’s side are faced with overhauling a four-point deficit to reach the play-offs with two games left of the regular season, and in this form the director of rugby does not fancy his side’s chances.
He said: “We got what we deserved. We were miles off the pace in the first half and came second best in every area.
“We didn’t get past four phases so never really fired any shots ourselves.
“The week off last week hasn’t done us any favours, we just looked out of aces which is hugely disappointing considering where we are.
“They’re a quality team. You don’t get to a European final without a good squad.”