Sar­ries are soar­ing away at top of ta­ble

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

MARK McCall in­sists he is sur­prised at how far Sara­cens and Ex­eter Chiefs have been able to pull away from the rest of the league due to the strength in depth in the Gal­lagher Premier­ship.

His side de­feated Wasps 29-6 at Al­lianz Park to record their 15th straight Premier­ship win and move to the top of the ta­ble, two points clear of the Chiefs and 14 ahead of third-placed Glouces­ter.

It took Sar­ries al­most an hour to score a try against the visi­tors, who de­fended well but were ul­ti­mately un­done by a Jamie Ge­orge try and a care­less mis­take by El­liot Daly - who was in­ter­cepted by Nick Isiekwe.

And al­though it brought up a 15th straight league win, McCall in­sists it has not been as easy as it looks.

“I am sur­prised be­cause of how good the other teams are. It is ob­vi­ously very pleas­ing to have the num­ber of points that we’ve got,” he said.

“Wasps de­fended su­perbly in the first half and we didn’t quite get the ball we wanted in the fi­nal third.

“At half-time we chal­lenged our­selves to be per­sis­tent and wear them down and I am re­ally pleased with how we played.

“It has been a re­ally en­cour­ag­ing last three weeks for us and we have used al­most ev­ery­body in the squad.”

McCall also con­firmed that Liam Wil­liams has a ham­string in­jury and af­ter rest­ing Owen Far­rell, he said: “Ev­ery­body has an in­di­vid­ual plan and in Owen’s case it is not just the play­ing time that he has but the re­spon­si­bil­ity too. “I thought it would be a good idea to get him ready for the week and fresh.” Alex Lo­zowski was a per­fect seven from seven off the tee, with five penal­ties and two con­ver­sions in the win, while Daly bagged Wasps’ only points with two penal­ties of his own.

Hooker Ge­orge crossed for the first try mid­way through the sec­ond half af­ter Sara­cens worked space in the cor­ner, be­fore the preda­tory Isiekwe pun­ished Daly’s slack pass.

Dai Young was left frus­trated by the mis­takes his side made and said that the ef­fort and com­mit­ment shown by his play­ers is only what he would ex­pect.

“I can’t doubt the ef­fort and com­mit­ment shown by the lads but it is like pat­ting the milk­man on the back for de­liv­er­ing the milk - it is part and par­cel of what I ex­pect,” he said.

“It is re­ally frus­trat­ing when you see some ba­sic er­rors - that doesn’t al­low us to play the rugby we want to play.

“There is only one way around it - you just have to keep work­ing at it and even­tu­ally it will start to click.

“If you look at the game, as we ab­sorb pres­sure you think we would come out the other end but we don’t sus­tain any­thing enough to score a try.”

Sara­cens’ Nick Isiekwe cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a try against Wasps

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