Mark McCall, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Saracens FC saluted his players for putting in an unbelievable performance as well as their work ethic as the club booked their place in the semi finals of the Heineken Cup for only the second time in their long history, setting up a mouth watering clash against either the French powerhouse Toulon or their domestic rivals the Leicester Tigers.
The runaway leaders in the Aviva Premiership registered a 27-16 win over last year’s beaten finalists Ulster at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, with a try from England international Chris Ashton and another from England hopeful Will Fraser. Owen Farrell, the England international fly half kicked 17 points for the home side with Ulster getting on the score sheet courtesy a late touchdown from Iain Henderson and three penalties along with a conversion for Ruan Pienaar.
And a former back for Ulster in his playing days, McCall made no hesitation in stating that his former club was the best and toughest opposition that Saracens FC has had throughout this season. He went on to state that the fact the team was 27-9 ahead with just five minutes left on the clock speaks volumes of the performance the players put up.
He further mentioned that the team had worked immensely, especially on their defensive organization and he couldn’t find any fault with the team’s play in defense on the night and they took the opportunities that came for scoring as well.
McCall mentioned that the lessons they learnt from the defeat at the hands of Clermont in the quarter final stages last season had taught Saracens FC their lesson and they had learnt from it and moved on to show that even they can do what was done to them.