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Saracens boss Mark McCall delighted with result but insists there's more to come after London Irish victory
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted with the result after his team beat London Irish 42-20 - but he thought the Men in Black's performance was "patchy".
Sarries secured a bonus-point victory over the Exiles thanks to two tries from Jamie George, and one each for Mako Vunipola and Chris Ashton.
"Result wise it's the best possible start to the season - performance wise we were patchy," McCall said.
"At times we were good, very good, but there were other times when we weren't so good.
"But that's probably what you're going to get in the first game of the season. You can't really ask for much more than we gave."
New signing Billy Vunipola made his competitive debut for Saracens and McCall was pleased with the youngster's display and praised his back row.
"Billy was great today and part of a good back row I thought. Obviously we played him at six alongside Ernst Joubert who has been at the club for four years and has been brilliant for the club.
"Jacques Burger was as good as anyone today - it was his first game properly back for 18 months, he came back last season but he was never quite right. He had a minor operation which rectified a problem he had in the summer and it's like having a new signing with him back.
"And off the back of that Billy also did pretty well too."
McCall said he expects Billy Vunipola to play number eight this season, rotating with Joubert.
"Will Fraser and Kelly Brown are injured at the moment so we have firepower to bring back," McCall said. "Billy will play number eight regularly for us and he'll rotate with Ernst."
When asked if the win and the new season was what the squad needed to move on from last season's semi-final disappointments, McCall said: "We haven't talked a lot about the semi-final. It's time to move on after the summer.
"It probably rankles in there still somewhere because we left our worst performance last season to the last game but we're up and running this season which is good."
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