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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said Sunday’s heavy defeat by Harlequins came at the end of “the toughest week” in the club’s history.
The domestic and European champions were beaten 41-14 in their very first Premiership match since relegation for wage cap breaches was validated.
” Possibly after 19 weeks of the season, this was simply a bridge too far for us,” McCall said.
” This will probably be the worst you see people. Things were fresh and raw.”
Saracens will fall to the Championship next season, however will still need to play their remaining 13 Premiership matches despite the judgment by Premier Rugby Limited earlier this month.
Shorn of a lot of their huge names for the video game at The Stoop due to 6 Countries call-ups, Saracens yielded six attempts to Harlequins.
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The afternoon quite belonged to 2 players overlooked by England, Alex Dombrandt and Marcus Smith, who excelled for the hosts at number eight and fly-half respectively.
However Saracens still had an enforcing line-up with England internationals Richard Wigglesworth, Alex Lozowski and Jack Singleton among their starters.
However, McCall admitted they were unable to replicate the very same sort of psychological performance that saw them beat Racing 92 last Sunday to reach the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.
” When we were originally deducted 35 points, there was a strong sensation in the group that we were never ever going to get relegated,” he stated.
” However the decision last Friday that it was going to occur and all the repercussions of that have implied the past week, without question, has been the hardest at the club.
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” There’s been a great deal of stress and anxiety about people’s personal circumstances and what they’re going to do next.
” It’s been quite tough to focus on a video game as huge as this against an opposition who played along with Quins did today.
” We have actually shown that we can be even more competitive than that this season and I make certain we will be again.”
McCall also revealed all players and coaches will take a break from the club next week prior to they return for a Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final at Sale on Friday 7 February.
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