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Jones hails 'robust' Sarries
Adaptation to ELVs went well says Saracens boss
You've then got to be good enough to take advantage of your opportunities and we did that today.
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Saracens boss Eddie Jones has paid tribute to his men following their 44-14 rout of Newcastle on Sunday.
Jones was particularly pleased at the way his side adapted to the new ELVs on their way to securing their first Guinness Premiership win of the season.
"It's a very tight competition but we took our opportunities and got a few points," he said.
"We had some control today and, with the way the game's being played at the moment and the interpretation of the laws, you need that control.
"You've then got to be good enough to take advantage of your opportunities and we did that today.
"We want to be a side that can play at the highest level and to do that you have to be robust in a certain number of areas.
"One's the set piece and the other is defence and in both of those areas for 70 minutes we can give ourselves a pass mark."
Jones however, expressed some disappointment that Newcastle were allowed to come back with two tries long after the game had been put beyond their reach.
But the former Wallaby coach said that the new rules had created some uncertainty amongst players in the early stages of the season.
"There's a lot of timidness at the moment," he added. "So the good thing about us today was that we played with a lot of conviction, knew what we wanted to do and went and did it.
"There is a great deal of worry about is it the wrong way to play the game but I think after five or six or seven weeks we'll see a sorting out and then everyone will understand the laws we are going to play under and how they are going to interpret it."
Newcastle certainly struggled to come to terms with the experimental rules introduced this season, falling foul of referee Dean Richards more than once.
Head coach Steve Bates, who saw skipper Phil Dowson and flanker Ed Williamson receive yellow cards within a minute of each other, said: "I was disappointed with the set piece in the first half and the second half was a mess.
"We had two men sin-binned and that meant we were always going to be under pressure."
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|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
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|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
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