McCall knows Saracens can play even better despite a ruthless display versus Bath
PUBLISHED: 17:47 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:47 29 September 2018
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Mark McCall says he was not delighted with the display from Saracens, despite beating Bath 50-27 at Allianz Park to maintain their perfect start to the new Gallagher Premiership season.
Liam Williams scored his second hat-trick of the season in the success, while Alex Goode, Jamie George, Nick Tompkins, Sean Maitland and Chris Tolofua also dotted down and Owen Farrell kicked five conversions.
It was a tremendous show of attacking intent from the north Londoners, but director of rugby McCall knows his side can play even better.
“It was kind of a crazy game. We were loose at times, but at times we played some brilliant, brilliant rugby,” said McCall with a wry smile.
“I don’t want to be too downbeat. We scored 50 points, scored some brilliant tries, played some good attacking rugby throughout, defended better in the second half than we did in the first half, but we weren’t where we wanted to be intensity-wise in that first half.
“We improved in the second half, but it was a bit of a loose performance.”
Goode was named man of the match for his display against Bath, impressing in all areas of the game.
And McCall had special praise for the fullback, but was also happy with how the north Londoners clicked in attack on the whole.
“We felt the most connected we had been in attack. We had options both sides of the ball and Alex was instrumental in that,” he added.
“His ability to get back into the game was extraordinary. If you take the chance to watch his movement, like to be at the breakdown and then go and contribute somewhere else, it was really quite amazing.
“He was central to what we did, but we were more connected as a team in attack.”
Saracens currently sit pretty at the top of the table, a point clear of perenial rivals Exeter Chiefs.
And if they are to stay there, McCall pinpointed what the Allianz Park outfit must improve upon from their display at home to Bath.
“We made some sloppy errors and gifted them some scores, which is frustrating, but it’s not the end of the world,” he said.
“Defensively, we didn’t have the intensity we wanted in the first half and we got a bit better in the second half.”