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Heineken Cup final: Mark McCall wants disciplined approach from Saracens

Last Updated: 23/05/14 7:58am

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Saracens boss Mark McCall says his team need to remember the lessons they learnt against Toulon in last year's Heineken Cup semi-final.

A 24-12 loss was a tough pill to swallow for Sarries in 2013, especially after 21 of those points were penalties kicked by Jonny Wilkinson.

After slipping up in the Premiership semi-finals and Heineken Cup semi-finals last year, McCall's men are aiming to do the double this year after reaching the final of both competitions, starting with the Heineken Cup against Toulon on Saturday.

"Jonny kicked 24 points last year, one was a drop-goal and the rest were penalties," said the Saracens rugby director.

"Six of those penalties we gave away when we were in possession of the ball.

"And there's a lesson for us in that, it's very important when you play Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon how you approach the game, and where you play.

"They are an outstanding defensive team, they are very good over the ball.

"And we've got to play more of the game in their half than in our own.

"This time last year we were finished, the season was over and there was this incredible regret and disappointment.

"I think we're just chuffed that we're preparing for a huge match.

"But it's important we keep things as they always are, our very best performances are always preceded by our best preparation weeks."

Team spirit

McCall was full of praise for Saracens' final opponents and the squad they have built.

"I think Toulon are a brilliant rugby team." McCall said. "I'm unbelievably impressed with what Toulon have put together, they've gathered together incredibly competitive people, all high-achieving world stars.

"You put 23 of those together and you're going to get a pretty competitive team.

"I think there are examples of teams who have spent a lot of money, or brought in stars, and then not delivered.

"But Toulon seem to have chosen very well, with the squad they have got they have a great togetherness, spirit and camaraderie, and on top of that they are all good players."

Catch the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens from 4pm, Sat, Sky Sports 2HD.

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