Saracens - Barritt "pleased" with victory but acknowledges Quarter Final was a "learning curve"

Apr 10, 2016

Barritt "pleased" with victory but acknowledges Quarter Final was a "learning curve"


Petrus Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf
Petrus Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf

After a slow start on Saturday night, which saw Saracens go in at half time four points down to visitors Northampton Saints, the Men in Black secured a Champions Cup semi-final fixture against Wasps in two weeks’ time. Speaking after the game captain Brad Barritt says Saturday night’s win over Northampton Saints will be a learning curve for the squad but remained pleased at how the squad had rallied around each other to claw the game back.

“It was probably the second half that we got going” said Barritt. “Giving a team like Northampton momentum, allowing them to play in our own half and through ill-discipline we didn’t really give us a chance to get any impetus into the game. I think we were a little bit rattled through not getting an early lead. We started to make a few mistakes but the pleasing thing was how the guys rallied together and turned it around.”

"You don’t get any credit for what you’ve done in the past and today was a big learning curve in that respect that what we’ve done in the past two weeks isn’t going to translate into performance. The pleasing thing is that we’re through and we can focus everything on Quins next and then follow on with Wasps."

In the end it was a fantastic team performance that secured the win for Sarries, and post-match Barritt acknowledged the importance of the Saracens culture in getting the victory. “We were a little bit lack lustre in that first half, the guys were a little bit rattled and you could see we tried to take things on the top of our shoulders and tried make a win out of one player but we didn’t really need that. We needed to just do it the Saracens way and the pleasing thing is that we got that performance in the end.”

I think everyone on this team is hugely motivated” he added. “We don’t rely on people butting heads to really get us up, we have a lot of pride in this jersey and this team and the culture we’ve created so there was no need for added motivation.”

Saturday’s result means that Sarries will now continue their European journey with a trip to the Madjeski Stadium in Reading in two weeks’ time. It will be an all English semi-final with Wasps having qualified thanks to a last gasp win over Exeter on Saturday afternoon but the familiarity of the tie will not affect Sarries mentality going into the fixture.

“There’s always an added edge” said Barritt looking ahead to the next stage of the competiton. “It’s a semi-final, it’s not a round robin game in a premiership season so it’s winner takes all. It’s been a building block over four years I think. We’ve gradually stepped up, we’ve had learning curves along the way but that doesn’t create a formula for success. We’ve got to really pitch up every game and make it happen on the day."

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