Mark McCall, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Saracens FC believes that his side’s last ditch rearguard action against the Exeter Chiefs was reminiscent of their meticulous defensive display that saw off the challenge of the Leicester Tigers in their first and only Premiership winning season back in 2011.
The London giants were leading 16-9 away from home at Sandy Park courtesy a try in the first half from Ben Ransom as well as three penalties, and the spent the last 10 minutes of the match camped up in front of their defensive area as they held off a strong challenge from Rob Baxter’s Chiefs.
Then, Tom Johnson looked to have finally broken the resolve of the London side in the dying seconds but a long and nervous wait for the television officials to confirm the try revealed that the ball had been grounded a few inches before the line and ruled it out.
This breaks allowed Saracens FC to regroup and they finally managed to hold on for the final whistle to take full points from the match to maintain their position at the top of table.
And McCall stated that there were times during the last ten minutes when it felt like their Premiership final victory over the Tigers two years because there they had to fight tooth and nail like the match against the Chiefs as well.
And he mentioned that it is the reason that had the Chiefs scored, he would still have been proud of his boys but he is doubly pleased that Saracens FC managed to come out from one of the toughest away fixtures this season with all four points in the bag and their status as the Premiership pacesetters still intact with the season approaching its business end.