Saracens: Mark McCall impressed by Owen Farrell-led comeback in Premiership win over Exeter Chiefs

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is pleased to have Owen Farrell back in his squad after a comeback win against Exeter at the weekend to knock them out of the top four following Northampton’s victory.

The west London side were behind 15-10 at one point but Farrell was able to lead the fightback to come away with a 38-22 win after kicking 13 points and assisting a crucial try scored by Sean Maitland.

The Sarries boss highlighted how Farrell hasn’t featured in a lot of Premiership games this season due to injury and that his best rugby is yet to come as he expects him to regain form with time.

This win brings Saracens within four points of Leicester, who lead the Premiership currently, a team Saracens will look to overtake to secure an easier play-off fixture with the help of their England international fly-half.

Technical masterclass

“Owen’s kicking, passing and offloading were phenomenal. He was outstanding in terms of what he did, but he was also incredible emotionally. He drove the comeback,” McCall said.

“He hasn’t played many games for us in the Premiership, so it’s great to have him back.

“I don’t think he feels he’s quite on top of his game because he hasn’t played much recently, but he looked OK out there to me. He’s going to get better.”

Having the wind in their favour helped Sarries turn a new page in the second half and come out all guns blazing.

“Overall we’re pleased. The second half was better than the first when we didn’t cope well and Exeter played well,” McCall said.

“We got too individual defensively, players putting their head into breakdowns when they shouldn’t or jumping out of the line.

“When you defend individually against a team like Exeter, you are going to create problems for yourselves. I thought there was a big improvement in that regard.”

With Exeter now sitting outside of the top four and with all of the play-off set teams having a game in hand on Rob Baxter‘s side, things aren’t looking good for the Chiefs.

“If finishing fourth or fifth is a re-set year for us, then a hell of a lot of clubs would take that. There have been a lot of clubs who have spent 10 years bumbling along the bottom as a re-set,” Baxter said.

“We’ll know exactly where we stand after next week’s round. That’s our bye week and the fixtures unwind.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we’re in a position where two wins would see us through to fourth spot.

“We’re far from saying it’s going to be an experimental two games. We’ll give the lads nine or 10 days off then we’ll go after two victories.”

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