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Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell needed to be rested against London Wasps, says Mark McCall
Owen Farrell needed to be rested against London Wasps and wouldn't have played as many games this season had Charlie Hodgson been fit, says Saracens boss Mark McCall.
Farrell had started all of the Men in Black's first four games of the season but was named on the bench for the victory over Wasps.
The England fly-half came on at half-time and kicked three penalties and one conversion as Sarries recorded their fifth straight victory.
"Owen wants to play every game like everybody does but he's very, very sensible and he knows he has just come back from the Lions tour," McCall said.
"We wouldn't have played him for the first few matches if Charlie Hodgson had been fit to be honest.
"England want to look after Owen long-term and it's very important to do that so it was an opportunity we felt to give him a rest.
"He didn't train with us at all last week so he had the week off as well and I think it'll do him good in the long run."
Hodgson is yet to play this season due to an achilles injury and is not expected to return until late October. The club are hoping he will be fit the trip to Northampton Saints on October 26.
In his absence, Alex Goode started at fly-half but with the score 3-0 at half-time, Saracens brought Farrell on and Goode dropped back to his more familiar position of full-back as Ben Ransom made way.
"It was almost unfair for us in a way to ask Alex who has been trying to establish himself back at 15 to play at ten," McCall said.
"I thought he did a good job, we just felt at half time the game wasn't going quite the way we wanted and it would bring a bit of organisation with Alex going back to 15.
"I thought Ben Ransom had a great game by the way and I felt sorry for him having to take him off at half time."
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