Mark McCall hailed his side for marking Richard Wigglesworth and Jamie George’s milestone Saracens appearances in ideal fashion with a convincing win over Gloucester.

Sarries continued their perfect start to the new Premiership season as they claimed yet another bonus-point triumph, beating Gloucester 38-15 at Allianz Park to go a point clear of Exeter at the top of the table.

And whilst it was an impressive performance all round from the collective, the team's director of rugby made sure to save a word for his two stalwarts.

“We’re glad that Jamie [George] and Wiggy [Richard Wigglesworth] could enjoy their landmark days today in the way they did,” he said.

“It was a really big squad effort, everybody fighting hard for each other, and that’s what they’ll be pleased about.

“We had to work very hard for it, it took us a long time in the first-half to break them down.

“We scored a good early try, but thereafter we had to work really hard for the next two tries, maybe had a bit of fortune for the second one from Owen [Farrell’s] kick.

“I really liked how we played in the first 25-minutes of the second-half. We were into strong wind and controlled the ball, controlled field position, I don’t think Gloucester touched the ball.”

Two scores from Maro Itoje and one apiece from David Strettle, Sean Maitland and Alex Lozowski set the foundations for the win, with Owen Farrell also imperious with the boot.

But McCall’s side face a challenging week ahead, with several of their stars departing for Eddie Jones’ England training camp in Bristol and a tricky fixture against Bath coming up on Saturday.

The Saracens director of rugby added: “For now we’ll enjoy beating a really good side who made us work hard for everything.

“We’ve got a tough opponent off the back of a couple of good performances next week against Bath.

“We’ve got a six-day turnaround, nine players in the England camp who we’re not going to see until towards the end of the week, so it’s going to be a challenging preparation week, but we’re looking forward to trying to continue the run.

“Our intensity had stepped up in the Northampton game and it felt like we took another step-up today.”