DIRECTOR of rugby Mark McCall admitted that Saracens had got exactly what they deserved in the wake of their shock 24-18 Aviva Premiership defeat at lowly Worcester on Saturday.
A severely depleted Sarries side were made to pay for a serious lack of discipline as Ryan Mills slotted over eight penalties to give the relegation-threatened hosts the win – and McCall was not impressed with what he saw from his players.
“We got what we deserved as we weren’t good enough,” he said. “Our set-piece wasn’t at its best and our penalty count tells its own story. When you go behind in a game like that, sometimes you chase the game and we made a lot of errors – it’s very disappointing.
“Worcester kicked very well and I thought their half backs were very good, but there are a number of aspects of our game that we’re disappointed with.”
However, despite his frustration at the below-par display, McCall is backing his players to bounce back by securing a positive result at Gloucester on Friday (7.45pm).
“This group has history of responding to a set back,” he added. “We have a chance to do that at Gloucester. Playing at Kingsholm is always a very difficult fixture, we have a short turnaround so we’re focusing on that.”
Chris Ashton and Schalk Brits both scored tries for Sarries at Worcester, with the rest of their points coming from the boots of Alex Lozowski and Ben Spencer.