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Mark McCall defiant in in defeat

13 December 2010

  • Saracens' chances of quarter-final qualification all but disappear with Racing Metro defeat
  • Head coach Mark McCall vows to continue fighting to win every game
Jone Qovu Nailiko of Racing Metro takes on the Saracens defence

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Saracens head coach Mark McCall insists his side will continue fighting to win every remaining game in Heineken Cup pool two despite having only a slim chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

Sarries lost 24-21 at home to Racing Metro and McCall said: "We're very disappointed after three games in our pool which have all been very close, all of which we could have won yet we finished up losing all three.

"But we won't pack things in. We'll go out to win all of our remaining games with the belief that we can still have an impact on this pool.

"We gave away some poor penalties and there was a small mistake that led to a try but you must remember they're a very good rugby team.

Sarries lose out to experience

"They had a lot of ball during one particular spell of the game and the truth is we defended for too long in the match.

"They were attacking as a force with some pretty big guys yet we did very well to get back in the game the way we did.

"Right at the end we had them on the ropes but that's when their experience showed. It's a learning curve for a lot of our lads."

Racing Metro coach Simon Mannix admitted he was very pleased to come away from Vicarage Road with four points.

A turning point for Racing Metro

Mannix said: "The measure of a team is how they defend and I thought we defended extremely well when we had to.

"We came here knowing Saracens are a quality side who would give us a hell of a fight.

"Our pool is probably the toughest given the four sides in it and it could still go down to the wire. I see this win as a turning point for us in a very, very difficult competition.

"I'm very proud of the boys because we had to make our tackles count and they were still coming at us in the last few minutes."

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