Apr 20, 2017
'We know what's coming' - McCall looks ahead to Munster semi-final
Mark McCall admits his side are fully aware of what is coming their way when they travel to the Aviva Stadium to take on Munster on Saturday.
With a sea of vocal Munster support expected in Dublin, McCall has admitted his side are excited ahead of what will be a difficult task in the Champions Cup semi-final.
“I think the players do know what’s coming and what they are walking into and I think they are looking forward to it to be honest.
“It is going to be difficult at times and there are going to be times and we know there will be times in the match when we are under pressure and they’ve got all the momentum and we have got to show our experience in those moments, we’ve got to be resilient.
“We have got to understand we are not playing against super humans just because the crowd are noisy we are just playing against a team and we’ve got to wrestle the initiative back. But then when we get down there we have got to capitalise on any momentum we get."
Rassie Erasmus’ men have been one of the most formidable outfits in Northern Hemisphere rugby this season, their defence playing a key role in their impressive run of form.
“As a team they are an unbelievably well organised side, the turnaround from last year to this year has been incredible” said McCall. “But not only are they hugely well organised they work incredibly hard and they have got the best defensive record in the pro12 and the Champions Cup.
“They are hard to break down and one of the reasons their defensive record is so good is they work hard, they scramble like no team that we have watched all season.
“They have only lost four games out of their 27 games this season which is pretty good and it is because of that resilience they have, they are in the fight and they scrap for everything and it is going to be like and some on Saturday because of the crowd.”
Far from a one-dimensional team, Saracens director of rugby also heaped praise on their kicking game, paying particular reference to scrum-half Conor Murray.
“They kick off nine a lot, we fully expect Conor Murray to be playing on Saturday. His kicking game is superb everyone knows that and their kick chase has gone to another level but not only that their wingers are superb aerially, whether that is [Andrew] Conway or [Darren] Sweetnham. They get more kicks back than any team in Europe so that is an area we are going to have to be very good at.”