Saracens boss Mark McCall said his team were "brilliant" in the first half of their 30-13 win over Racing Metro

First half performance was 'absolutely brilliant', says McCall

First half performance was 'absolutely brilliant', says McCall

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Saracens boss Mark McCall was keen to stress the positives as his team dispatched Racing Metro 30-13 in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

A convincing first half performance saw the Men in Black score two tries, with both Chris Wyles and Steve Borthwick getting on the score sheet.

But a languid second half meant Saracens scored only one try late on from Will Fraser and therefore missed out on a valuable bonus point.

McCall though was upbeat and wanted to emphasise the team’s impressive first half display.

“I think there’s a lot to be positive about, we were absolutely brilliant for 40 minutes - I think it’s been coming - we played pretty well with the ball and our breakdown work was good,” McCall said.

“I don’t want to be too negative about what happened in the second half because in the first half I thought we played some outstanding rugby.

“They were chasing shadows at time, our movement of the ball was great, the angles that we ran and we scored a couple of very good tries as well.

“So it’s a little bit frustrating that in the second half we didn’t kick on from that, but we have to remember we were up against a good team.”

Saracens sit top of their pool on nine points ahead of Munster, who have six points, and who the Men in Black play next in the competition.

McCall’s team travel to Thomond Park on December 8 before the return fixture at Vicarage Road on December 16.

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