McCall backs Saracens to bounce back
May 24, 2014
Saracens found it hard going against Toulon © PA Photos
Saracens coach Mark McCall called on his side to bounce back in the wake of their Heineken Cup final loss to Toulon on Saturday.
Saracens were outscored two tries to nil by Toulon and fell to the French giants for the second time in as many seasons. Saracens only have to wait a week to have another crack at silverware as they face Northampton in the final of the Aviva Premiership next weekend and McCall is adamant his side can finish the season on a high despite their loss in Cardiff.
"Obviously we are disappointed," McCall said. "But we're proud of the effort we put in - we did some good things today. One of the great qualities of the group is our ability to respond to setbacks that we've had. If we were playing Newcastle away next week I'd back our group to front up, never mind the fact we're playing in the Premiership final - I've got no question whatsoever that we'll give a good account of ourselves next Saturday".
And McCall also paid tribute to Toulon. He added: "I think we came up against an exceptional side today who were on top of their game. It seemed that in the first-half they we gave as good as we got, we had a decent amount of field position during that time and they defended superbly well.
"They had one opportunity, a counter attack if we are honest, and a bit of genius from Matt Giteau and a bounce of the ball and somehow you're seven points behind and didn't feel that way. I often felt that we were right in the game, we did well to get ourselves to 10-6, and even at 13-6 we thought that we were massively still in the game but their second try was a killer".
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