Thursday 27 April 2017

Saracens fall short of bonus

Saracens 32 Toulouse 7

Saracens' Schalk Brits (centre) hands off Toulouse's Yoann Maestri during the European Champions Cup, pool one match
Saracens' Schalk Brits (centre) hands off Toulouse's Yoann Maestri during the European Champions Cup, pool one match
Saracens' Juan Figallo is tackled by Toulouse's Vasil Kakovin during the European Champions Cup, pool one match at Allianz Park
Toulouse's Yoann Maestri is tackled by Saracens' Alistair Hargreaves (centre left) and Michael Rhodes
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Saracens boss Mark McCall hailed a "magnificent" first-half display from his team after a successful launch of their European Champions Cup campaign.Saracens led 27-0 at the break and their only frustration was the failure to secure a try-scoring bonus point on a rain-swept evening in north London.

England star Owen Farrell kicked 17 points as Saracens eased past the four-time European champions, with wing Chris Wyles scoring two tries and prop Mako Vunipola also touching down.

"We have got to be delighted with how we played in that first half. I thought it was outstanding," McCall said. "Sometimes, the frustration of the last 25 or 30 minutes can make you disregard some of the really good things you did. I thought the first half was magnificent.

"Our energy was brilliant, our defence was brilliant and our attack was really good. We probably left a couple of tries out there in the first 20 minutes of the match.

"Clearly, the set-piece was the issue. We had three set-pieces five metres from their line and we came away with nothing from those, and we got penalised regularly at the scrum in the last 25 minutes, which ultimately stopped us getting a bonus point.

"But I don't want that to get in the way of some of the really good things and some of the very good performances that there were."

Less than 24 hours after the horrifying Paris terror attacks that left more than 120 dead, it unsurprisingly looked as though the Toulouse players' minds were elsewhere.

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