Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted with his side’s four-try win over playoff hopefuls Sale Sharks on Saturday, as they emerged victorious in tough conditions at Allianz Park.

Tries from Rhys Carre, Rotimi Segun, Nick Isiekwe and Richard Barrington gave the home side a 36-22 win to avenge their defeat to Steve Diamond’s side in their recent Premiership Cup semi-final.

The Sharks staged a late comeback with Rob and Daniel du Preez going over, but McCall was pleased with the performance of his side who currently sit bottom as a result of severe points reductions.

 “We're chuffed with the way we played, and the unity and togetherness that we showed,” McCall said.

"It was difficult conditions and Sale chose to play with the wind in the first half. We needed to roll our sleeves up and we did that.”

Carre’s unconverted scored inside a minute at Allianz Park gave Sarries the lead, before the boots of Manu Vunipola and Alex Lozowski extended the advantage to 14-3.

Sale sliced the lead to 14-10 before half-time when Rob du Preez converted a Byron McGuigan try, as the sides went in to the break separated by just four points.

Segun extended Saracens’ lead early into the second period with Vunipola adding the extras, before the 19-year-old kicked a penalty to restore the home side’s 14-point advantage.

Windy conditions at Allianz Park meant both sides kicked high to force their opponent into errors, throughout, with the hosts capitalising to gain territory.  

Tries from Isiekwe and Barrington built Sarries a commanding 36-10 lead, helped by a 13-point contribution from Vunipola, before a Sale comeback that saw late tries from Rob and Dan du Preez.

Although they find themselves at the bottom of the Premiership, Sarries are top of the points scoring table with 277 and have scored the most tries this year with 33.

McCall complemented the performance of scrum-half Tom Whiteley, who combined well with Segun for their second try which helped Saracens gain their fourth consecutive home league win.

He said: “Our half-backs were fantastic in the first half, Tom Whiteley in particular, the way he kicked into that breeze.

"We were good value at 14-3, but they got a good try. One mistake by one person and it's 14-10. I thought the response to that in the second half was great."