McCall backs Sarries for Dublin win

21 April 2017 14:50:52 UK

Mark McCall has backed his Saracens side to rise to the occasion when they meet Munster in the last four of the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday.

The reigning champions head to Dublin eyeing a third final in four years but will be facing a team with plenty of pedigree, having twice won this tournament in its previous guise, the Heineken Cup.

Around 40,000 fans are expected to travel from the south west corner of Ireland to the capital for the match and it is sure to be a partisan atmosphere.

These occasions bring out the best in the group.

Mark McCall

The Red Army also have extra motivation to lift the trophy next month at Murrayfield, as they aim to pay tribute to coach Anthony Foley, who died suddenly back in October.

It is sure to be a spectacular occasion at the Aviva Stadium and McCall is confident his men will be ready for the challenge.

The Sarries Director of Rugby believes his side will rise to the occasion on Saturday and has backed them to use all of their experience to get the result in Dublin.

"We have an experienced group who for the last eight seasons have been through a lot of on-field experiences – some good, some bad," McCall said. "They are all in the bank and they are important things to call on. We are accustomed to these occasions.

"We've got a group who know they can rely on each other, and if it's 40,000 Munster men and us, then we will back each other.

"These occasions bring out the best in the group. The more they play them, the more they relish them."

Saracens are 8/15 to win on Saturday, with Munster 6/4.

McCall's men are 8/15 to win the tournament outright, while the Red Army are priced at 1212/1.

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