Feb 17, 2014
Barrell proud of display
Saracens Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens under 18s, despite seeing them beaten 30-40 by London Irish in an entertaining game at Allianz Park.
"The team who we put out there left their blood, sweat and tears on the field. It's great to see," he said.
"Any day we can worry about results but we are there to see how they perform and how they work. The performance is a bigger marker than the result.
"The competition is massive. It gives the players an opportunity to play a level of rugby they otherwise wouldn't be exposed to.
"They get a continued exposure to a high level of match, well above that of school or county level. We're testing the guys under as much pressure as we can possibly put them under."
Winger George Perkins grabbed a pair of tries for Sarries before Alex Brown gave the fightback some momentum.
Fly-half Dan Lewis was impressive from the tee, knocking over three penalties and a conversion, but it was not enough for the hosts.
Barrell added: "I think there was a great performance from George Perkins, our winger, he worked hard.
"We had another robust performance from Max Wilkins. They really impressed today and worked very hard.
"We have three counties - Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent and all our players are spread among them. We go into schools, bring them up for training once a week at Allianz Park.
"Time together as a team while people are studying at school is a difficult thing to find so this level of rugby they are putting out is huge" added Barrell.