Saracens 31-26 Ospreys, Heineken Cup, Pool 5
McCall salutes Farrell family
ESPNscrum Staff
December 10, 2011
Saracens centre Owen Farrell kicks a penalty, Saracens v Ospreys, Heineken Cup, Wembley, London, England, December 10, 2011
Saracens' Owen Farrell slots a penalty during his side's victory at Wembley Stadium © Getty Images

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall hailed the performance of Owen Farrell after Saturday night's 31-26 victory over Ospreys in an absorbing Heineken Cup Pool 5 clash at Wembley.

Farrell, who started in midfield but was then moved to fly-half following the departure of Charlie Hodgson, landed four penalties and two conversions as Sarries secured a victory which moved them a step closer to the knockout stages.

"Owen had a great match," Sarries boss McCall said. "He is key for us whether he plays 10 or plays centre. [But] there were a lot of good performances from our English guys today."

McCall also had kind words for Farrell's father, Andy, the Sarries head coach who has been appointed to England's interim management team for the Six Nations.

"As a club we are massively keen to develop individuals," McCall said. "Although the team is important, developing individuals is what we are about, whether they are coaches or players. When you get a chance to coach the Six Nations, it would be unfair to say no.

"As a coach he is outstanding. We will miss him when he is away because he is a big part of what we do, but he will be back here coaching this club for a very long time. He is a born winner and I am glad he has the opportunity to coach at that level."

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