Prev Game: Aviva Premiership Sat 31st May

prev game - Saracens
team 1 score team 2
Saracens 20 - 24 Northampton

Next Game: Aviva Premiership Sat 6th Sep

next game - Saracens
team 1 score team 2
Saracens 14:00 Wasps

Heineken Cup quarter-finals: Saracens boss Mark McCall heaps pressure on Ulster

Last Updated: 02/04/14 8:07am

  • Share:
Mark McCall: The Saracens boss has said his side will not repeat last year's collapse.

Mark McCall: The Saracens boss has said his side will not repeat last year's collapse.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has insisted his squad is determined not to repeat the collapse that left them trophyless at the end of last season.

Sarries topped last year's Aviva Premiership table but suffered a shock defeat in the semi-final with Northampton and were knocked out at the same stage of the Heineken Cup to eventual winners Toulon.

The London-based side now find themselves in a similar position, having opened up a seven-point gap at the top of their domestic league and facing a European quarter-final with Ulster on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2HD.

And McCall said: "As a group, we've experienced a lot of things together over the last five years - ups, downs, triumphs, huge setbacks, last-minute wins and last-minute losses. We think we're as ready as we've ever been to attack this part of this season and a game like Ulster.

"The one thing that we've been really good at for the last three or four years is we've been unbelievably consistent but it's about elevating your performance for a game like this, which is the next step. You have to be able to find another level and that's what we've got to go and do."

Expectation

Ulster have once again had a strong season in the Pro12 league, sitting eight points short of top-side Leinster in third and topping their Heineken Cup pool over Leicester Tigers.

But McCall believes the pressure is all on the Northern Irish side and he wants his team to capitalise on the expectation.

"I know from talking to everybody over there that there is a weight of expectation on them. That expectation comes from themselves because they believe they've underachieved and it comes from the public massively.

"I suppose our job is to try and turn that expectation into something different - a burden, pressure, stress and if we can do that we'll see what happens.

"I don't want us to be surprised and when you're not surprised you can look forward to it and relish it."

  • Share:

Related

Heineken Cup quarter-finals 2014

Heineken Cup Tries - Quarter-Finals

Take a look at some the best tries from the quarter-final weekend of the Heineken Cup.

Magnificent Munster

Munster, Steffon Armitage and Guy Noves make Dewi Morris' Heineken Cup picks of the week.

Try of the Week - O'Connell

Try of the Week - O'Connell

Paul O'Connell topped off Munster's dominating performance against Toulouse by scoring the sixth try.

Most Popular

Features

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So much can change in a sporting week and, sure enough, there have been plenty of highs and lows.

Worthy finalists

Worthy finalists

Sean Fitzpatrick says finalists Waratahs and Crusaders proved they're Super Rugby's finest.

Fantastic four

Fantastic four

Thinus Delport previews the Super Rugby semis as Crusaders face Sharks and Waratahs host Brumbies.