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Saracens boss Mark McCall impressed with Men in Black's dominant first-half display against Bath
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall believes his team put on the complete performance in the first half against Bath yesterday, which saw the Men in Black run in four tries.
Sarries were 31-17 up and had already secured a bonus-point after 40 minutes as two tries from David Strettle and one score each from Matt Stevens and Alex Goode put Bath out of sight.
"I thought we were strong everywhere in that half," McCall said. "We recognised that their set-piece had been a huge strength of theirs in the first two weeks.
"And in the first half anyway we were very good there - our line-out was superb, our maul defence was superb, our scrum was good and we had a platform to play off.
"I thought we played well - we ran with intent, we got quick ball almost the whole half and the intent of our runners, the decision making on the ball [was good].
McCall explained why Saracens' fourth try, scored by Strettle, illustrated how his team's decision making had been so impressive.
He said: "For example, in the lead up to the fourth try, Schalk Brits had an opportunity to offload the ball under the posts to Mako Vunipola - it was there but it wasn't the right decision and he waited and we scored the next phase.
"That's just an example of us making really good decisions, doing the right things at the right time.
"So we were really, really good in that first half. It's a little bit frustrating the way the second half went but we'll probably get over it."
Eyebrows were raised as Bath made four changes from the team that beat Leicester the week before, including benching in-form fly-half George Ford.
But McCall insists rotation is now a necessity for most clubs at the top level.
"I just think you've seen over the first three weeks that everybody takes a longer view these days," he said.
"You can't just stick the same people out each week, you just can't.
"We would have liked to have rotated more but we've got injuries to Charlie Hodgson, Joel Tomkins, Brad Barritt, Mouritz Botha was concussed from last weekend otherwise Steve Borthwick wouldn't have played today.
"So we want to use our good players and everyone knows that we've got more than 15 players but so do Bath.
"Bath still had some very good players playing and their bench made a difference when they came on but the game was gone by that stage and we weren't as good in that second half."
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