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Racing Metro 92
- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 20th Oct 2012
- KO 16:40
- Ground: King Baudouin Stadium
- Att: 18,212
Heineken Cup: Saracens boss Mark McCall defends substitution policy in Brussels
Our philosophy at the club is that we have outstanding players on the bench and we'll use them. We'll continue to do that.
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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall defended the substitutions which potentially cost his side a bonus point in their Heineken Cup win over Racing Metro.
Sarries, playing host to their French opponents at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, scored two first-half tries but went off the boil after the break before running in a third score at the death.
It meant the Aviva Premiership outfit fell one try short of maximum points but McCall was still happy with the way he utilised his squad.
"Our philosophy at the club is that we have outstanding players on the bench and we'll use them. We'll continue to do that," he said.
"Schalk (Brits) had an amazing first half and the question will be asked why he came off. But John Smit, who's no mean player himself, and Mako Vunipola came on and they've scrummaged a lot together.
"Racing's scrum was putting us under pressure and there are other areas to consider. Our scrum was very good in that last 20 minutes.
"We know there are downsides to the way we operate in terms of substitutions, but we believe they are outweighed by the massive upsides."
McCall's side ensured they will be top of Pool 1 after the second round of fixtures are completed despite not playing a match in England yet.
He added: "It was brilliant playing here. It felt like our first time at Wembley and the players were excited to come here.
"It didn't feel like an away game because we had control of the ground. Everyone's enjoyed coming to Brussels. It was either play here or Watford."Saracens led 20-3 at half-time but Racing were able to gain a foothold after the interval until a late surge swept the home side clear.
"If you win 30-13 against a side like Racing, you have to be reasonably satisfied," McCall said.
"We went through every emotion today. There was some outstanding stuff in the first half, Racing were chasing shadows at times. But it was frustrating at times in the second half.
"Winning the match 4-0 in terms of points keeps us in control of the group. Nine points from the first two games is a pretty good return.
"The important thing is to gain control of your group and we've done that, but now we have the small matter of Munster back to back."
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Sunday 25th January|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Munster 65 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Clermont Auvergne 18 - 6 Saracens|
|Bath 20 - 15 Glasgow|
|Montpellier 27 - 26 Toulouse|
|Saturday 24th January|
|Scarlets 3 - 26 Toulon|
|Ulster 26 - 7 Leicester|
|Northampton 8 - 32 Racing Metro 92|
|Benetton Treviso 23 - 20 Ospreys|
|Castres 19 - 47 Harlequins|
|Wasps 20 - 20 Leinster|
|Sunday 18th January|
|Ospreys 9 - 20 Northampton|
|Racing Metro 92 53 - 7 Benetton Treviso|
|Toulouse 18 - 35 Bath|
|Glasgow 21 - 10 Montpellier|
|Saturday 17th January|
|Harlequins 3 - 23 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 13 - 22 Clermont Auvergne|
|Leinster 50 - 8 Castres|
|Toulon 60 - 22 Ulster|
|Saracens 33 - 10 Munster|
|Friday 16th January|
|Leicester 40 - 23 Scarlets|
|Sunday 14th December|
|Scarlets 22 - 13 Ulster|
|Clermont Auvergne 26 - 19 Munster|
|Wasps 44 - 17 Castres|
|Saturday 13th December|
|Leinster 14 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saracens 28 - 15 Sale Sharks|
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