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McCall not impressed despite win


Mark McCall

Mark McCall

Mark McCall

Saracens boss Mark McCall described his Aviva Premiership champions as poor despite them finishing on the right side of the scoreline as they inflicted a 19-17 defeat upon Gloucester at Kingsholm.

The champions were almost going home without even a losing bonus point as the game entered the final moments and McCall wants more from his team.

He said: "We were poor and I can understand why a lot of teams come down here and get beaten because of the intensity.

Saracens were 17-9 down after Gloucester full-back Olly Morgan had scored a super try, and fly-half Freddie Burns and his replacement Tim Taylor contributed some kicks.

But ex-England international Charlie Hodgson and centre Owen Farrell kept Saracens in touch before, at 17-12, Farrell's grubber kick to the posts saw Brad Barritt just get in ahead of the covering Dave Lewis for a score-levelling try.

It still needed a touchline conversion from Farrell to grab the win, which he did and completed a great personal display.

McCall added: "The fact that we were able to stay tight and not lose the run of ourselves, that we showed the composure in the last 20 minutes said a lot about us.

"Owen goes from strength to strength. We moved him from the centre to number 10 and he took over the goal-kicking duties from Charlie and kicked well.

"But overall, as a team performance, we have to do a lot better. We have got a run of big games.

"It was great to win on our away game but we talk about performance all the time and (it) was not one of our best."

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