Saracens geared for more success - Mark McCall

Saracens technical director, Brendan Venter (left) and director of rugby Mark McCall
Saracens technical director Brendan Venter (left) and director of rugby Mark McCall discuss tactics

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes the Premiership final win over Leicester could be the start of a successful new era for the London club.

"We have a brilliant squad of players and a brilliant guiding system above them," McCall said after the thrilling 22-18 victory at Twickenham.

"We hope today is the start of something, not the end of something.

"We're a club that's growing and had we conceded a try in the last minute we would still have been going places."

Sarries very nearly did lose to Tigers in agonising circumstances for a second consecutive season.

But an awesome rearguard display saw them weather a ferocious Tigers fightback, and repel a 32-phase injury-time assault on their line.

"It was a fitting ending because it tells you a lot about Leicester as a club, the fact they were 19-9 down but refused to give up," said McCall.

"But hopefully it tells you something about our team as well. We refused to be beaten and at the end we fought and we fought.

"Had we lost, it would have been hard to take but we would have coped.

"We've been here twice in a row and we want to be there at the business end of every season.

And McCall said the bond formed by the squad during the past 24 months has played a huge part in their success.

"Two years ago we said it was going to be about bringing a group of people together, creating friendships and creating memories," he said.

"You have to like each other and back each other up. You have to fight and fight."

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill was magnanimous in defeat after seeing his side narrowly fail to win a third successive Premiership crown.

"We're disappointed to lose but we have to congratulate Saracens, they played well. On the day maybe they deserved to win," said Cockerill.

"Sometimes you lose, that's sport. It's not an exact science. We've been a few seasons with nothing in the cabinet before.

"We don't have a divine right to win things. We came up short today but it hasn't been a disastrous season."

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