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- Aviva Premiership
- 14th Apr 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Allianz Park
- Att: 9,995
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall slams Worcester's Josh Matavesi
Fortunately he seems to be okay but it looked pretty deliberate to me; I leapt up as I felt it could have been a deliberate game ploy from Worcester.
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Mark McCall slammed Josh Matavesi for his 'horrendous' challenge on Neil de Kock during Saracens' 47-17 win over Worcester.
Sarries' bonus-point win secured a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership play-offs but McCall felt it was soured by Matavesi's challenge on scrum-half de Kock.
"It was a horrendous challenge; we could have lost our scrum-half with a broken jaw or cheekbone," said McCall, who remonstrated with Worcester counterpart Richard Hill after the incident.
"Fortunately he seems to be okay but it looked pretty deliberate to me; I leapt up as I felt it could have been a deliberate game ploy from Worcester."
Hill, who accepted that the tackle was bad, said: "It was a very clumsy challenge from Josh but he's not a malicious player.
"It was badly mistimed and a citing seems likely. Josh has apologised and I fully understand Mark's reaction to protect his player."
Saracens were able to record a convincing win despite resting a number of key players, with David Strettle scoring a hat-trick and Chris Ashton and Jack Wray also claiming tries.
McCall added: "It showed the depth of our squad as we backed up well after a testing European quarter-final at Twickenham.
"We took our chances, David Strettle's second try was as good a finish as you will see but though we are happy with the win, we played well below our standard."
Worcester have not won away in the Premiership all season and could not recover from being 23-3 down after only 25 minutes.
Hill said: "We had a very poor slow start but got our second wind just before half-time and they were a bit rattled when we got it back to 27-17.
"We didn't deserve to lose by such a big margin as we gave away two soft tries at the end, trying to run from an impossible position."
Hill said that he was not in favour of the artificial pitch at Allianz Park.
"It is very fast and takes some getting used to. I'm not a fan of it as it creates a different type of game and I'm definitely a grass man."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
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|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|
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