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McCall hails Saracens spirit

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall put his side's 22-17 victory over Wasps down to a strong team ethic after the visitors prevailed despite missing five players on England duty.

With midfield pairing Charlie Hodgson and Owen Farrell among those celebrating victory over Italy in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday, Sarries still managed a win thanks to 17 points from Alex Goode's boot and an interception try from James Short.

"We had to deal with a couple of tries which were scored out of nothing. We showed character, discipline, patience and resolve to get the job done," said McCall.

"In the first half, aside from those two tries, we felt we were dominant. We had a lot of possession in their half.

"In the second half they had much more of the possession but we defended magnificently, were very disciplined and I thought our set-piece was very good.

"When you come away from home to a club that are fighting for survival, who have got most of their experienced players back, to come and get the job done is a big achievement."

Wasps boss Dai Young refused to be downhearted at his side's seventh successive Aviva Premiership defeat, which leaves them nine points ahead of bottom club Newcastle.

"It's not a healthy position to be in and it's not something we're proud of but that was a game we could easily have won," he said.

"Of the games we have lost, in two or three we've been well beaten, but in the others we could have won.

"Playing at home against a Saracens team missing a few players, these are ones you've got to nail. We created opportunities but we didn't have that clinical edge to turn pressure into points."


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