Our performance was poor - McCall
Head coach Mark McCall has slammed Saracen's performance after Exeter ended their unbeaten run on Saturday.
The defending Premiership champions went into the clash at Sandy Park on a 22-game unbeaten run, but that incredible record was ended in convincing fashion by the Chiefs.
Exeter, who lost to Sarries 27-10 in the play-off final last season, recorded an impressive 31-13 victory and moved to the top of the table as a result.
Fly-half Owen Farrell slotted over two penalties and a conversion as Ben Spencer scored the only try for the visitors, who were outmuscled and outplayed for the first time this season.
Speaking about the performance, McCall revealed his frustrations at the display of his players and admits they were second best.
"Ultimately, we got beaten in every area," he told BT Sport. "We started the game okay, had a bit of control for the first 15 or 20 minutes. But we allowed ourselves to get put under pressure. Lots of pressure. Lots of mistakes. We lost a bit of energy and we couldn't rally and find a way to escape it."
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