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McCall pleased Saracens kept composure to defeat Wasps

PUBLISHED: 17:49 01 December 2018

Saracens' Brad Barritt carries the ball forward against Wasps (pic: Victoria Jones/PA)

Saracens' Brad Barritt carries the ball forward against Wasps (pic: Victoria Jones/PA)

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Sarries eventually pulled away from visitors with second-half tries from Jamie George and Nick Isiekwe

Mark McCall was pleased Saracens kept their composure to eventually pull away from Wasps and triumph 29-6 at home in the Gallagher Premiership.

Sarries enjoyed much of the ball in the first half, but only led 9-3 thanks to three Alex Lozowski penalties.

The north Londoners, though, were able to finally ease their way to a triumph in the second half, with converted tries from Jamie George and Nick Isiekwe in addition to two further penalties from Lozowski.

And director of rugby McCall was pleased the Allianz Park outfit stuck to the game plan despite their difficulty at turning possession into points in the first half.

“I was pleased we didn’t get frustrated by the scoreboard not reflecting the territory and possession we had,” he said.

“A lot of that was down to how well Wasps defended in the first half; they defended superbly and we couldn’t get the quick ball we wanted.

“At half-time, we challenged ourselves to be persistent with what we

were doing, knowing we would wear them down eventually.”

After Exeter Chiefs lost at Harlequins on Friday night, the win over Wasps allowed Saracens to return to the top of the table.

It also means the north Londoners are the only side left unbeaten in the division this season.

And McCall feels that brilliant start to the season may in part be down to Saracens’ strength in depth.

“The last three weeks have been really encouraging for us as we’ve used virtually everyone in the squad has been involved,” added the director of rugby.

“Some of the younger players were able to get exposure to games at this level, like Ralph Adams-Hale with his first Premiership appearance.”

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