ENGLAND star David Strettle has hit his best ever form for Saracens, according to director of rugby Mark McCall, after he scored in the 35-14 win over London Welsh.
Strettle grabbed the bonus point minutes from time following second-half scores from Joel Tomkins and Will Fraser and a penalty try in the first half, after London Welsh opened the scoring through new boy Seb Stegmann.
Saracens leapfrog Harlequins and now sit four points clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership and McCall praised Strettle’s overall contribution.
“David is playing the best he’s played in certainly the last three seasons,” said McCall. “He’s scored a try and was instrumental in the build-up to some of the others, so he’s playing as well as he has since he joined us.”
Director of rugby Conor O’Shea warned Harlequins they cannot afford a repeat performance of Saturday’s 27-16 defeat to Exeter if they are to stand any chance of retaining their title.
Quins enjoyed a flying start when Ugo Monye crossed after five minutes, however, Exeter came roaring back with scores from Damian Welch and Luke Arscott leaving O’Shea unimpressed.
“I never felt that we had any of that intensity and energy that you associate with the team,” he said.
At the bottom of the table London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith saw little to smile about as Exiles lost 40-14 at Northampton.
“They were coming downhill towards their own fans in the second half and they ran riot. It’s very disappointing,” said Smith.
London Wasps assistant coach Trevor Woodman was satisfied with his team’s attitude in their 29-23 defeat at Worcester.
“We finished strongly and we pushed hard in the last five minutes to make sure we came away with something,” he said.
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