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Saracens boss Mark McCall pleased for Jacques Burger after flanker named man of the match in Gloucester win
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall singled out man-of-the-match Jacques Burger for praise after the Men in Black beat 14-man Gloucester 44-12 at Allianz Park.
Burger's afternoon began in bruising fashion as Nick Wood was shown a red card after just 73 seconds for stamping on the flanker's head.
Sarries went on to win the match comfortably, scoring five tries in the process, and McCall hailed Burger who continues his miraculous comeback from a horrendous knee injury.
"Jacques Burger was given man of the match and we all know the couple of years he's had," McCall said.
"To come back and put in the performances he has given so far against London Irish and again today, it's brilliant for him and it's brilliant for the club."
The Sarries boss was also pleased with the displays of England duo Billy Vunipola and Chris Ashton.
"Jacques's an elder statesman and then you have somebody young like Billy who has been magnificent really since he's been at the club," he said.
"Billy got stuck in today - it wasn't just his ball carrying it was his physicality, his hits and the work rate he showed around the park.
"But to a man I thought we were good today. I thought Chris Ashton was outstanding - I know he didnt score - but some of his defensive work, his decision making, how he popped up in the attack, he was at the heart of what we did today."
It's the second bonus-point in successive weeks for the Men in Black and McCall said he felt satisfied with the result and his team's professionalism.
"I'm very pleased," he said. "Obviously the game changed in the first couple of minutes of the match and against 14 men you can sometimes get loose and you don't do the right thing at the right time but I thought today it was a really professional job well done.
"Physically we were very good today and that was evident mostly in our mauls but physically we were good all around the park.
"Defensively we were brilliant all day so it's a very pleasing result and a good performance too."
Even after the sending off, Saracens struggled to find their usual rhythm in the first half and actually trailed 12-10 at the break.
But four second-half tries, including two in the final five minutes, ensured maximum points.
"I was a bit disappointed with the last ten minutes of the first half - we drifted a bit," McCall said.
"But we started the second half exactly the way we wanted to - you always have that nervousness that the fourth try wouldn't come along.
"Thankfully we stuck to our guns, we got the ball down in the right areas and I think we were good value for five points today."
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