Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Sarries to keep on fighting

Mark McCall

Saracens head coach Mark McCall insists his side will continue fighting to win every remaining game in Heineken Cup Pool Two despite a 24-21 defeat to Racing Metro that makes it virtually impossible for them to reach the quarter-finals.

The hosts scored tries in each half through Noah Cato and Brad Barritt, with Owen Farrell booting the rest of their points. However, Racing were able to clinch the win thanks to touchdowns from Juan Martin Hernandez and Sereli Bobo, and 14 points from Jonathan Wisniewski and Francois Steyn.

"We're very disappointed after three games in our pool which have all been very close, all of which we could have won yet we finished up losing all three. But we won't pack things in. We'll go out to win all of our remaining games with the belief that we can still have an impact on this pool," said McCall.

"We gave away some poor penalties and there was a small mistake that led to a try but you must remember they're a very good rugby team.

"They had a lot of ball during one particular spell of the game and the truth is we defended for too long in the match.

"They were attacking as a force with some pretty big guys yet we did very well to get back in the game the way we did.

"Right at the end we had them on the ropes but that's when their experience showed. It's a learning curve for a lot of our lads."

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