Next Premiership on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:14 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Aviva Premiership 2013-14 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Heineken Cup
Goode's return from concussion delights McCall
ESPN Staff
April 22, 2014
Ulster's Jared Payne catches Alex Goode in the air, Ulster v Saracens, Heineken Cup, Ravenhill, Belfast, April 5, 2014
Alex Goode is upended by Ulster's Jared Payne © Getty Images
Enlarge

Mark McCall is looking forward to unleashing the "stand-out" Alex Goode on Heineken Cup rivals Clermont Auvergne this weekend after the Saracens full-back made a successful return from concussion on Sunday.

Goode's appearance in Sunday's 23-18 victory over Newcastle was his first for Saracens since he was knocked unconscious by a Jared Payne challenge against Ulster a fortnight ago.

Payne was sent off after tackling Goode in mid-air during their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash at Ravenhill. Goode was knocked out cold and left the field with his neck in a brace.

But Saracens director of rugby McCall hailed Goode's comeback performance as "electric" and said he plans to use him against Clermont on Saturday.

"I thought in the first half Alex was the stand-out player on the pitch," said McCall. "I thought he was magnificent and at times he was electric, on the ball he made great decisions and it was great to get him back on the park with the Clermont game just a week away."

McCall praised the team effort to overcome a spirited Newcastle side who are still looking over their shoulders at Worcester in the Aviva Premiership's relegation spot.

"Everyone came through well," said McCall. "It was Alistair Hargreaves' first game for two and a half months, and we made him play eighty minutes which he wasn't expecting, but he did a great job. Will Fraser also went well - again he is recently back from injury, so we've got some reinforcements coming back at just the right time."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - United States GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Golf - World Match Play Championship
    Golf - Hong Kong Open
    Golf - Shriners Open
    Tennis - Vienna Open
  • Football

    Rodgers hints at Balotelli punishment

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed he replaced striker Mario Balotelli at half-time in the Champions League clash against Real Madrid for tactical reasons

  • Formula 1

    Caterham F1 owners could quit over ownership row

    Caterham's current owners have threatened to withdraw their management and take legal action against previous owner Tony Fernandes after claiming the shares it purchased in July have not been transferred

  • Football

    Pochettino: No problem with Vertonghen

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected claims of a rift with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane

  • Boxing

    Quigg to face Japanese fighter Otake

    Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World super-bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake on the undercard of the blockbuster Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month

  • Football

    Olympic Stadium costs soar by almost £40m

    The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and not future tenants West Ham United will foot the bill for a further £35.9 million needed to complete renovation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!