Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park.
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall says that many of the players who were rested for Saturday night’s clash with Munster at Thomond Park will be available for the return trip at Allianz Park next weekend.
The reigning European and English champions left a number of their star players at home including Mako and Billy Vunipola, George Kruis, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell to name but a few.
McCall, in his post-match press conference at Thomond Park, says that he will rotate his squad for the return fixture which will likely see the aforementioned players return.
“Yeah, we’ll rotate,” McCall said.
“Some of the people who haven’t played today will play. Some of our non-internationals who have had a really busy eight weeks or so, they’ll get some rest. We’ve just got to try and manage our group as well as we can.
“We believe we’ve got a really competitive group of players and our young players are getting some great experience, especially in a great place like Thomond Park. For young Vunipola to play fly-half in a game like today, is going to be worth its weight in gold for someone like him.”
McCall’s feelings were mixed as he reflected on a bruising 80 minutes. The game was there for the taking but the losing bonus point very much keeps Saracens in the hunt as they welcome Munster to Allianz Park next week.
“A mix of (being) very pleased with a lot of the things, the effort, the togetherness that we showed. The ability to bounce back from a number of things that went wrong in that game was really good.
“A bit of frustration, because having got ourselves into a situation where we had the elements in the second-half and only a seven-point deficit, it’s probably something we’ll look back on and be frustrated that we couldn’t have done better in the second half.”
Saracens now find themselves third in Pool 4 on six points – five points behind Munster who are on 11 points while Racing 92 lead the way on 12 points.