Rugby - McCall salutes 'clinical' Sarries

Saracens have reached the halfway stage of the Aviva Premiership season with eight victories from 11 matches after another fine performance that pleased director of rugby Mark McCall.

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Mark McCall's Saracens side inflicted a heavy defeat on Bath

McCall is more than satisfied with their record, and particularly enjoyed Saturday's 22-0 win over Bath at a rain-soaked Recreation Ground.

"We were clinical in all parts of our game. To get a 16-0 lead at half-time was probably well deserved," he said.

McCall's team had started the day in second spot but he said: "I think it's kind of irrelevant who's top of the table at the halfway point. We've played seven away games so we've got four proper away games to go and hopefully we'll have six games at our new home.

"To be where we are after 11 games - seven of which have been away from home and two of them in other places - is a pretty good effort."

Saracens will play their first Premiership game at their new home of Allianz Park, Barnet Copthall, on February 16 against Exeter.

McCall had no doubt who was his side's match-winner after fly-half Charlie Hodgson excelled with his kicking from the tee and out of hand in a 17-point display. He also set up the try for Richard Wigglesworth.

"He was outstanding," added McCall. "He knew when to pass, he knew when to kick and when to keep the ball in front of his forwards. It was a masterclass. He made the crucial break for Wigglesworth's try.

"He (Wigglesworth) was also an outstanding player for us today. But I thought they got a great platform from our forwards. Defensively we were good. Our discipline was good. It was very clinical."

Bath's defensive coach Mike Ford accepted his side's shortcomings on the day, saying: "Obviously, we knew what Saracens would do. It's not rocket science the way they play and conditions probably suited them a bit more than us. Fair play to them, they gave us a lesson today."

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