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Saracens and England prop Mako Vunipola admits mistakes proved costly in Heineken Cup loss to Toulouse
Mako Vunipola admits Saracens made too many mistakes against Toulouse on Friday and says he is now looking forward to joining up with the England squad this week.
Sarries were beaten 17-16 by the four-times Heineken Cup champions at Wembley, throwing away a nine-point lead in the second half.
"It’s a tough loss but we were pleased that we tried to win the game and not just settle for a point," Vunipola said.
"When you lose there are always things you can do better so we’ll go back and watch those.
"I think we just made too many mistakes and against a side like Toulouse you can’t let them creep back into the game, they’ve got too much class."
The defeat was the Men in Black's first of the season and ends their 100 per cent start in both the league and Heineken Cup.
"Losing is part of professional sport so we knew it would come," Vunipola continued.
"We were quite unlucky [on Friday], some things just didn’t quite go our way or we didn’t play as well as we could have done."
Vunipola was included in the England squad last week ahead of the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham.
The Sarries prop was involved in the British & Irish Lions tour down under in the summer and says the experience has given him more confidence to excel on the international stage.
"It’ll be great to get back together with the England squad," he said. "We haven’t been together since the Wales game as some were rested for the tour and others were with the Lions so it’ll be good to catch up with the boys and get back into training.
"I think the Lions tour has given me more confidence going back into the set-up.
"Last time I was coming into a new unit so hopefully having that experience will help me."
He continued: "I want to go in there and train as well as I can and put myself up for selection whether on the bench or, preferably, starting.
"There’s great competition for that spot with Joe Myler and Alex Corbisiero so I just need to get my head down and train hard."
Vunipola is joined in the squad by younger brother Billy but he insists there won't be any need for too much brotherly love in the camp.
"Billy’s a big boy so he can look after himself," he added. "It’ll be good to get into a camp together.
"He’s come in as cover before but it’ll be good to have him in the squad."
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