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McCall relieved with win
Sarries boss glad to get points on the board
We talked about ourselves and what we're about as a club but we've found ourselves today.
Quotes of the week
Mark McCall admitted he was relieved to see Saracens get back to winning form with victory at Harlequins.
Owen Farrell out-kicked opposite number Nick Evans as Sarries won 18-16 to hand the champions their first defeat of the campaign.
And the team's director of rugby said the team had passed their first gut-check of the season.
"It's a big relief. In the last couple of weeks we have lost ourselves a bit," he said. "We talked about ourselves and what we're about as a club but we've found ourselves today."
McCall insisted he never had any worries about his young marksman, who started at the expense of Charlie Hodgson.
"Owen came into this match under a little bit of pressure from you guys but he's an international player so there were no worries there."
Farrell, whose goalkicking practice had been restricted by a recent groin injury, said: "I'm not concerned about it at all. I hadn't practised anywhere near as much as I wanted to.
"That isn't an excuse but I stuck to what I knew and going into this one I'd been kicking well in training.
"We've a brilliant kicking coach in Dan Vickers and we've made little changes but I'm still kicking basically the same.
"We were back to where we play as a team, with the intensity we showed. We put things right today.
"The main thing for us was to get back playing for each other. It never really went away - we just needed a little reminder."
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea refused to blame misfiring goalkicker Nick Evans for his side's defeat.
The former New Zealand fly-half missed four penalties, including three fairly straightforward second-half shots, any one of which could have extended Quins' 100 per cent start to the season.
"Of course it would have been completely different but he's won a million games for us and hopefully he'll win a lot more. He's an outstanding player.
"We gave them six penalties and they kicked six penalties. We weren't up to the levels we want to be.
"It became the game they wanted in terms of flow but that's a credit to them. We're disappointed to lose but it's a long, long season.
"We should have won that game but we didn't. We didn't take our opportunities. It wasn't a good game of rugby at all but it was tight.
"The big games are decided by very small margins and they didn't go our way this time. We never get carried away when we win, we're not going to get carried away when we lose."
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|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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