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Aviva Premiership: Mark McCall delighted with Saracens' win at Gloucester
To back up the Leicester performance (before Christmas) with two away win away wins like we've done against Worcester and Gloucester tells you a lot about the culture and togetherness at the club. We are in a good place at the moment.
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Saracens boss Mark McCall hailed "a great performance" by the Aviva Premiership leaders after Gloucester were crushed 29-8 at Kingsholm.
"I think the first 30 minutes was as good as we've been in terms of our overall game," McCall said.
"Our set-piece was dominant, our kicking game and intensity were at a high level, and we combined that with some really good rugby as well.
"To be 19-0 up away from home against Gloucester takes a bit of doing. It was a great performance.
"To back up the Leicester performance (before Christmas) with two away win away wins like we've done against Worcester and Gloucester tells you a lot about the culture and togetherness at the club. We are in a good place at the moment."
McCall also paid tribute to Saracens' England centre Brad Barritt, who shone on his first start since suffering an ankle injury in September and looks set for a Six Nations return next month.
"For Brad to produce that level of performance having had 30 minutes of rugby in five months is quite something. I thought he was outstanding," McCall said.
"He was brilliant. He passed the ball really well, too, and the combination with Marcelo Bosch in midfield was really good."
Gloucester might be 18 points clear of bottom club and red-hot relegation favourites Worcester, yet they barely look a top-10 team on this latest evidence.
"The game was really won in the first-half," Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies said.
"They (Saracens) have the type of game that brings tremendous pressure to the opposition, and if you are not on top of your game or accurate enough they will find you out.
"When they start to put the squeeze on you, they are very accurate in what they do. We knew what was coming, and we didn't deal with it. Physically, in the first-half, we were second best.
"I think they are the most difficult side that we have come up against. In what they do and the game they have, they do it very well.
"I felt we would be a lot more competitive going into this fixture on the back of our last two results (against Worcester and London Irish), and we are hugely disappointed.
"But we have to learn from the experience and we have to keep on learning.
"The first-half performance was not good enough, but I am not taking anything away from Saracens. They were the architects of that in many ways."
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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|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com