Apr 28, 2017
Sorrell praises stand-in skipper Farrell ahead of 150th appearance
Bristol will be the visitors to Allianz Park this weekend for the last home game of the regular season. It will be a momentous occasion for many reasons.
After Thursday’s captain’s run, backs coach Kevin Sorrell spoke about the challenge posed by Bristol and milestone appearances for two players he’s worked closely with, Owen Farrell and Neil De Kock.
On the mentality of heading back to Premiership duty after the highs of Dublin:
“Every week poses you a different test and this is a test of a different kind, coming off the back of that Munster semi-final but the one thing this group have been very consistent at over the last eight years is respecting the next threat and we give the same level of preparation to whoever we face. We’ve done our due diligence as we would do every other week in terms of our preparation for the performance by looking at Bristol and then it’s down to us for setting the attitude as well as them bringing their own attitude.”
On the challenges that will be posed by Bristol:
“Bristol have been very competitive in the games we’ve seen of them. Against Exeter they were 24-10 up before half-time and against Wasps they were in a good position. They’re a competitive team and a proud team so they’re just not going to roll-over and now that the relegation has been confirmed they’re going to want to give us something so it’s up to us to make sure we’re sharp in what we bring and what we do on the day.”
On Owen Farrell captaining the team on his 150th appearance for Saracens:
“Owen brings massive amounts to the Saracens setup, obviously, he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s always had an attitude that allows him to push and drive and strive to be better. I think he leads, not only on the pitch with his actions, but with his words as well in terms of bringing energy to a situation and driving the team forward. Now he has the responsibility of being a key decision maker in terms of being our captain for the day. He’s a massive part of what we’re all about."
On Neil De Kock’s contribution to Saracens as he plays his final game for the club:
“Neil’s contribution has been huge from the moment he joined and his very first game. Sometimes it takes lads from overseas take a while to settle in and understand what the competition is about because it is quite a physical competition and is relentless from week to week. ‘Kocky’ hit the ground running and I don’t think many players have adjusted as well as Neil did. From game one he was so competitive and so driven and brought a really good level of competition to the number 9 shirt as well. He’s been brilliant for the club and I think if you look at the words we try and hold ourselves to, in terms of values, he has demonstrated them brilliantly.”