Feb 16, 2015
Barrell 'unbelievably proud' of U18s
Saracens Academy Manager Don Barrell spoke of his pride, after Saracens U18s lifted the Premiership Rugby/RFU U18 Academy Championship.
The Saracens U18s side edged a thrilling contest against Northampton Saints U18s 23-19, with super sub Nick Ramsey coming off the bench to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a 78th try to secure a famous win.
Speaking after Saracens U18s captain Max Malins lifted the trophy aloft, Barrell said: “I’m unbelievably proud. I think they showed an amazing amount of composure. For such a young team, to fall behind and back each other and trust each other’s decisions to get back in to the game was brilliant.
“The important thing was, the whole group contributed and played their part. It’s great to see all their parents out supporting them tonight, and they have done all year – so a massive thanks must go out to them.
"I think they deserve tonight for the effort they have put in all year. I’m delighted for them.”
Before the contest, Saracens and England fly-half Owen Farrell delivered a team talk to the side, something that Barrell believes is intrinsic to the culture at the club.
“The Saracens way is hugely important, and the Academy guys learn about the Saracens culture during their time here,” said Barrell. “To have Owen (Farrell) deliver the talk before the game, and have Mark (McCall) and the rest of the coaches and players down here tonight just goes to show that the culture is working. The young boys coming through the system are testament to that.”