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McCall: Saracens will respond

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall backed his team to respond in next week's Premiership Final after losing in Cardiff.

The English finalists could only muster two penalties from Owen Farrell as tries from Matt Giteau and Juan Smith in either half handed Toulon a 23-6 victory in the Heineken Cup final.

Saracens now have a week to recover before facing Northampton Saints at Twickenham next weekend, with McCall fully confident that his side will bounce back.

"Obviously we are disappointed, but we're proud of the effort we put in - we did some good things today," McCall told the Saracens website.

"One of the great qualities of the group is our ability to respond to setbacks that we've had.

"If we were playing Newcastle away next week I'd back our group to front up, never mind the fact we're playing in the Premiership final - I've got no question whatsoever that we'll give a good account of ourselves next Saturday".

Exceptional side

"I think we came up against an exceptional side today who were on top of their game.

"It seemed that in the first half they we gave as good as we got, we had a decent amount of field position during that time and they defended superbly well.

"They had one opportunity, a counter attack if we are honest, and a bit of genius from Matt Giteau and a bounce of the ball and somehow you're seven points behind and didn't feel that way.

"I often felt that we were right in the game, we did well to get ourselves to 10-6, and even at 13-6 we though that were massively still in the game but their second try was a killer.

"Despite the fact there was 20 minutes to go, when you go behind 20-6 to a side that defends as good as them , it's very difficult to come back from".