Sarries boss backs youngster
Saracens boss Mark McCall has refused to blame Owen Farrell for his side's 9-9 draw with Leicester on Saturday.
The usually reliable England fly-half missed four out of five kicks at goal against the Tigers, prompting the coach to replace him on the hour with Charlie Hodgson.
Hodgson has been in sparkling form so far this season and once again proved his class by kicking two penalties to level the scores.
This has led some pundits to suggest that Sarries would have won if the former Sale star had started the game but McCall is refusing to blame Farrell.
"Owen's not had much practice recently," he said. "He's had a small groin injury which has stopped him practising as much as usual and it's very rare he has a day like this.
"He's a magnificent player for us but every man has the odd bad day at the office and I know he has the strength of character to come back."