Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCAll shows how to utilise the bounce victories give a team by being ‘A Good Winner’.
Saracens have got off to a good start in the Aviva Premiership winning their three opening fixtures against The Irish, Gloucester and Bath. So I thought I’d have a look for something behind the scenes that might be interesting and useful for this blogs readership.
I was looking over the language used by Director of Rugby Mark McCall through these games just before a chat with Ben Ryan, Ex England 7s coach and soon to take over the role in Fiji. Talking to Ben about McCall he was very positive about his coaching reputation, the journey he is overseeing for Saracens and personal qualities which leave a lasting impression from the first meeting. I haven’t yet met McCall, but the impression I have been gaining of him has been very positive as well.
Last weeks win against Gloucester was assisted by the second fasted sending off in the Premiership history when Nick Wood was red carded in the second minute of the game. In truth The Sarries made hard work of the subsequent victory against 14 men despite winning 44 – 12. I was interested to see how McCall would frame this because, although it was a good win, it could be said that they should have won more easily.
The coach has a job to do to frame the result in a way that creates genuine belief
Moments like these are important in early season as a team builds it’s own identity. Will they come to consider themselves lucky winners against weakened opposition or a genuinely good team that has the strength to defeat a side with it’s back to the wall? I beleive the coach has a job to do here and to frame the result in a way that creates genuine belief which builds resilience for when the going gets hard.
McCall handled this skilfully focusing on the qualities his team showed, the performance over the result;
You expect to get the win but you have to do the right things and not be loose … To score five tries is good but I am more pleased about the energy, physicality and appetite for work the team are showing … Gloucester sensibly kicked the ball long and you are playing 60 or 70 meters away from their line. Overall, I was happy apart from a couple of penalties we gave away … We started the second half with the right energy and physicality. Their maul defence was affected by Nick Wood going off and we took advantage of that.
He focuses on specific core strengths displayed by his side and in impress Formula style alludes to their permanent nature. The goal kicking reference is an elegant way of describing the part of the game where they struggled to dominate, framing it as temporary.
This weeks comfortable 31 – 17 win over Bath takes the London club four points clear at the Premiership summit and they have now scored 13 tries. This presents a different opportunity for a coach. Again McCAll utilises the win very well.
Our attacking system is different, we made a big change in the summer … We had a system that was in place for three years that we felt in the summer was handicapping some of the players we have … We were looking for something which got our good ball carriers on the ball more often. It’s much more flexible … It’s a work in progress, we’re nowhere near where we want to be with it, but you can see how often Schalk Brits and the two Vunipolas got their hands on the ball
Good impress Formula language again, utilising the positive feelings from success very well whilst still explicit in his expectation of further improvement from his team.
So there is a lot here for us to absorb and take on board. Mark McCAll will be an interesting coach to follow this season.
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