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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pleased with battling spirit after win over Gloucester
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his side's battling qualities after they held on to record a 28-23 victory over Gloucester despite a late surge from their opponents.
Fly-half Charlie Hodgson kicked 23 points for Sarries on his return to action after four weeks out with a fractured cheekbone, while Richard Wigglesworth scored their only try as they returned to second place in the Premiership.
Gloucester, who had two players sin-binned during the game, replied with tries from prop Dan Murphy and flanker Akapusi Qera, while Billy Twelvetrees kicked their other 13 points.
McCall picked out late replacement Nick Auterac for particular praise after the 20-year-old played a crucial role in the scrum as Saracens held off the Gloucester onslaught.
"The team showed a lot of character today," said McCall.
"We brought on Nick, who hasn't much Premiership experience, for a couple of scrums on our line, so maybe it wasn't the kindest thing I've ever done to him.
"But that last scrum was amazing. He's a really talented kid who's come through our academy. We're well blessed with looseheads and Nick is going to be the future."
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies felt his side were unlucky to lose a close contest.
"It could have gone either way at the end. There were a couple of big calls that the referee had to make. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't," he said.
"I was pleased with the way my team stuck to their task. We ended up outscoring Saracens two tries to one, which is no mean feat here.
"This team are working for each other, which is really important. There were areas of our game I wasn't particularly pleased with but we know we're a work in progress."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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