Director of rugby Mark McCall believes Saracens deserved their 17-16 win over Northampton Saints

Sarries win was justified, says McCall

Sarries win was justified, says McCall

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes the Men in Black deserved their narrow 17-16 win over Northampton Saints at the Stadium MK.

The victory means Sarries remain second in the Aviva Premiership but it could have been very different as Saints' Stephen Myler struck the bar with the last kick of the game from a penalty five metres inside his own half.

"Of course it would have been a sick feeling to lose it at the end," McCall said.

"Sometimes you lose and that is fine but when you are on top, like we felt we were on top, it would have been disappointing.

"At the same time sometimes that is your own fault, if you have got ahead of yourselves and not done things quite right."

Sarries made a strong start as a try from hooker John Smit and two penalties from Charlie Hodgson put the Men in Black 11-0 up with just 15 minutes played.

But a Phil Dowson try and three Myler penalties saw Saints overturn the deficit before Owen Farrell came off the bench to restore Sarries' advantage with two penalties of his own.

Myler nearly had the last word though with a superb late effort and Sarries boss McCall admits he was relieved to see the kick fall just short.

"I felt the same as everyone else felt. It was out of our hands," he said.

"We knew it was a very difficult kick. It was an unbelievable strike in fairness.

"Myler had his kicking boots on today, didn't he? So we are grateful to have come away with a narrow victory."

Saracens will be looking to continue their strong league form when they host Sale Sharks on Sunday.

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