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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praises Men in Black's resilience after rotated line-up beats London Wasps
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admitted his team weren't at their best against Wasps but was delighted with how his much-changed line-up "dug in" and got the job done.
The Men in Black sealed their fifth win in five games against their London neighbours with Will Fraser scoring the home side's only try in a 19-12 victory.
"We didn't play brilliantly today," he said. "To give Wasps some credit I thought they were very good defensively, they disrupted our maul which has been a big platform for us and Joe Launchbury was tremendous in there.
"Sometimes you've just got to win and dig in and we've actually been ahead and comfortable in a lot of games and we had to do it a different way and we won."
Sarries made 13 changes to their starting XV - some forced due to injury and some because of rotatation.
McCall was full of praise for the players who came into the side and says there is more to come from those recently returning from injury.
"The Will Fraser we had today isn't the Will Fraser we're going to have because he hasn't played for five months," he said.
"Rhys Gill is back from injury as well so there's a lot of people playing their first games in a while so I'm actually a lot more pleased than you might expect me to be.
"You have to win sometimes, you have to roll up your sleeves and get the job done and we move on to the Heineken Cup now."
He continued: "Charlie Hodgson still hasn't played a game and won't be available for a while, Duncan Taylor tweaked a hamstring during the week and Chris Wyles, who I think has been tremendous this season, played his third position this season today and I thought he was brilliant at 12.
"I'm delighted as well with Michael Tagicakibau who was named man of the match, he was tremendous today, David Strettle had a slightly sore calf so a few people put their hands up which is good to see."
Saracens now turn their attentions to the Heineken Cup where they face Connacht and Toulouse in their opening two fixtures.
McCall believes Wasps provided the perfect test in the build-up to the Connacht match.
"Absolutely, it is [good preparation]," he said. "We knew Wasps were good defensively, they made a few changes, they go for the ball hard they held us up in the tackle which Connacht try and do as well so for me it's the perfect workout.
"We've got some ammunition in the bag as well and we came through the game injury-free to so all-in-all I'm pretty pleased."
Sarries go into those games top of the Premiership table having scored 15 tries in their opening five matches.
"It's obviously gone quite well, we've won five out of five, we've had to win a few different ways, we've used a lot of the squad which is good," he said.
"We've got people who are fresh for next week now as well so things couldn't have gone much better.
"But we have a group who keep their feet on the ground, who work really hard and we'll prepare well for Connacht next week now."
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