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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his team for a job well done at Murrayfield

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his team after their emphatic 45-0 triumph over Edinburgh at Murrayfield in their Heineken Cup opener.

"That was very nice to be able to push on in the second half," said McCall, whose side led 16-0 at the break. "In the Heineken Cup a win is vital in the opening game but to get the extra point from scoring those tries was a real bonus.

"Edinburgh are a difficult team to play against," he said. "It was a huge credit to our boys that Edinburgh were shut out in the game."

In particular he paid credit to lock and captain Steve Borthwick, who was named man of the match.

"He hugely deserved that," McCall said. "He was instrumental in disrupting the Edinburgh lineout so they had no platform."

Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley admitted: "It's hard to put into words what I feel. We knew the systems they would employ. But my guys didn't play to our game plan.

"Instead of kicking the ball beyond the line of Saracens players, they insisted on running into the dragon's den - we could have been beaten by more.

A number of Edinburgh supporters left the ground in the closing 10 minutes, prompting Bradley to promise an improved display in next week's clash at Munster.

"We've let everyone down," he said. "Today was completely unacceptable. We need to give a big performance next week."

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