Scottish international centre Duncan Taylor warmed the hearts of many Saracens fans who were reeling in the recent injury news regarding midfield maestro Brad Barritt, with an impressive performance in the red and black No.12 jersey against Gloucester.
One man’s misfortune may be another man’s gain, and Taylor certainly didn’t disappoint on Sunday – with the rangy 24 year old producing an assured display in the heart of the Saracens midfield making nine out nine tackles.
“I really enjoyed it out there” enthused Taylor.
“The weather conditions weren’t exactly perfect for free flowing rugby, but it was a really good game, a physical game and we’ve come out on top which is main thing for us.”
“I’ve still got a lot to be working on – I still felt some rustiness out there and I threw an intercept pass which I wasn’t best pleased with but I think on the whole the team performed well and moving forward we’re looking good”.
Taylor was quick to pay tribute to Barritt, who will have surgery later this month.
“It’s a blow, as Brad is a massive player for us” lamented Taylor.
“Brad has been instrumental for us for a few seasons so they are big boots to fill, but I’m up for the challenge. It’s horrible that Brad has to miss out, but I’m confident that we’ve got the squad to cope with the loss”.
In Barritt’s absence Saracens scored five tries, with Taylor heavily involved in the build-up to his centre partner, Joel Tomkins’ first half score; and he believes Saracens can be happy with their performances over the first two games of the 2013/14 season.
“Confidence is coming – we’ve scored nine tries in two games which is a great return but we are aware that they are lot of things that we need to work on and put right; but two games and ten points on the board mean that we can’t complain too much”.
“We’ll enjoy the result, but work begins this week for the Bath game. They’ve had some impressive results as well, so we’re well aware that the hard work will have to continue for us.”
Saracens face Bath this Sunday. For ticket information click here