Sara­cens pass War­riors test with fly­ing colours, to de­light of Mc­Call

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

MARK Mc­CALL hailed his Sara­cens side for com­ing through a much-needed test as they turned things around to beat Worces­ter 25-17 at Al­lianz Park.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing their first de­feat of the sea­son last time out at the hands of Gal­lagher Premier­ship lead­ers Ex­eter, Sara­cens started slowly on home turf and shipped two tries in the open­ing quar­ter of an hour.

But a stern word at half-time saw the Lon­don­ers right as scores from Calum Clark and David Stret­tle sal­vaged the win that sees them gain ground on the Chiefs at the league’s sum­mit.

Mc­Call’s at­ten­tion was on matters at hand, though, and a chal­lenge that he saw his side pass.

“Hav­ing lost last week­end, not play­ing great, to be 14-0 down - it’s a good test and I think we came through the test very well,” he said. “To­day was just one of those things - the more im­por­tant thing for me is how we re­sponded. I felt that we were then the dom­i­nant team for the next 60 min­utes or so, had a lot of ball, a lot of field po­si­tion.”

The win sees Sara­cens cap­i­talise on Ex­eter’s shock de­feat at Northamp­ton, with the Lon­don­ers now just a point off the league lead­ers in lieu of a bonus point against the War­riors.

Har­lequins have is­sued Dave Ward with a one-match ban for stamp­ing at Twick­en­ham but have cleared their hooker of spit­ting at an op­po­nent.

Both in­ci­dents took place in the 11th minute of the 20-13 vic­tory over Wasps on Satur­day with Ward ap­pear­ing to spit in the di­rec­tion of Thomas Young be­fore then step­ping on the prone Welsh flanker’s an­kle.

Ward has apol­o­gised for the sec­ond of­fence - which was pun­ished by a yel­low card - but de­nies spit­ting at any player.

Sale pulled off one of the shocks of the sea­son with a com­pre­hen­sive 30-15 de­feat of third-placed Glouces­ter at a sold­out King­sholm.

The ninth-placed club trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quar­ter be­fore Sale scored 30 unan­swered points as the home side had no an­swers.

MARK Mc­CALL: Sara­cens coach pleased with vic­tory over Worces­ter in Premier­ship.

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