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