Rugby Union: Calum Clark believes Saracens can improve further at Worcester Warriors
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 September 2017
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Sarries smashed Sale Sharks last time out, but flanker believes there are areas for team to work on
Saracens flanker Calum Clark says there is plenty of room for improvement ahead of Friday’s trip to Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership, despite smashing Sale Sharks 41-13 last weekend.
The north Londoners ran in five tries last weekend as they triumphed in their first match at Allianz Park this term.
With the win, Sarries maintained their positive start to the new campaign, picking up their third win in four matches.
But Clark believes Sarries can still do better ahead of their trip to Sixways to face bottom club Warriors, who are the only side still without a win this season.
“In the time I was on the field in the second half against Sale, we made quite a lot of errors which is uncharacteristic for us, so there is heaps to fix up,” Clark told the club website.
“Worcester are desperate for a win, so we have to be right on it for Friday night. They’re at home and they’ll be hungry, desperate and proud.
“We have a massive job to fix up what we were poor at against Sale and Worcester tested Gloucester, so there is lots to think about.”
Clark made his debut for Saracens last weekend after joining from Northampton Saints in the summer, though it came in somewhat unfortunate circumstances.
The 28-year-old came on as a replacement towards the end of the first half for the injured Billy Vunipola, who suffered a knee cartilage injury.
England international Vunipola has since undergone surgery and the 24-year-old is expected to be out for the next four months.
The loss of the back rower is a blow for both club and country, and Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall was devastated Vunipola had suffered another injury.
“For any team to lose a player of the ability of Billy is a blow and he will be missed through the autumn for both Saracens and England,” he told the club website.
“It’s desperately disappointing for him, considering how hard he has worked during the offseason to get back to full fitness.
“Billy is a resilient character and he’ll have a strong support network around him to get him back on the field in the best possible shape.
“What’s now important for Billy is his recovery and we look forward to his return later this season.”