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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 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
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