Mark McCall has said that he is looking forward to Jamie George’s duel with England rival Dylan Hartley after seeing his player score a hat trick of tries in the Saracen’s win over the Wasps.
George will be facing Northampton hooker Hartley in the Champions Cup Pool Two clash on Sunday and both players will be eager to impress England coach Eddie Jones ahead of next month’s autumn series.
Speaking over the weekend Saracens head coach McCall said, “Jamie did well in the tight, but he was also good around the park by making lots of little half breaks. He showed a lot of attacking ability during the game and I’m really pleased to see him play so well. Playing well here was going to be important for him and playing well in the next couple of weeks is going to be important for him as well to get himself into Eddie Jones’ mind.”
Owen Farrell was withdrawn shortly before kick-off due to a minor calf injury, but according to McCall he will be ready for the start of the Saracens’ European title defence against the Saints.
“Owen had a little awareness in his calf all week. It seemed a little bit better towards the end of the week and we let him warm up for this game, but given what’s ahead of us it seemed foolish to risk him against Wasps,” McCall said.
McCall went on to say that a scan showed that it was a very minor calf strain.
The win means that the team have replaced the Exeter Chiefs at the top of the Aviva Premiership table going into the opening round of the Champions Cup.
However, McCall and the club’s director of rugby Dai Young, have both said that the Wasps’ five-day turnaround between their trips to Allianz Park and Ulster is deeply unfair.