Saracens are enjoying the perfect start to the season – but boss Mark McCall was not happy with his side’s bonus-point win in Europe over Lyon on Saturday.

McCall’s men have won six from six in the Premiership and two from two in Europe to sit pretty in both standings.

On Saturday at Allianz Park, Maro Itoje scored a stunning solo try in the first half and Alex Lewington’s late effort secured an invaluable bonus point in the 29-10 victory.

In between, Sean Maitland and Brad Barritt also crossed but it is an indication of just how high the standards are set at Saracens that McCall cut a disappointed figure.

“We went 10-0 up and it seemed to be the worst thing for us because we were poor for a lot of the match after that for whatever reason,” he said.

“It was a scratchy, patchy performance from us but we got the job done. That’s the important thing.

“We managed to do enough and got the fourth try. I’m not sure if we deserved that at the death.

“You have to play your best rugby at the end and not start of this competition.

“We were quite disappointed with how we played. Lyon fought really hard.

“I was impressed with them and you can see why they’re one of the best Top 14 teams.

“It’s been a really positive start to the season. We’re unbeaten and have played some good rugby but this was a reminder we have to get better.”

Captain Barritt scored his team’s 100th Champions Cup try in the victory and admitted his team – shorn of the Vunipola brothers and Nick Isiekwe through injury, and with Alex Lozowski suspended – would need to get back to basics.

“We spoke at half-time and we were a little disappointed,” he added.

“In the first half, we got some pretty cheap points from turnovers and we weren’t quite producing what we think are the fundamentals of our game.

“The second half was a little bit patchy again but five points at home means we build into the next round. I don’t think we ever blame fatigue. Sometimes it’s more down to mentality.

“We spoke all week about what we wanted to do on the pitch and we were probably 80 per cent there. It’s a very good Lyon team and we struggled to break them down.

“Their Top 14 position shows they’re difficult to beat. You have to take these wins in the European Cup and we’ll look forward to Cardiff Blues in December now.”