Sep 20, 2014
Barritt praises Saracens 'togetherness'
Brad Barritt paid tribute to his Saracens teammates after the stand-in Saracens skipper played a vital role in their 32-36 win away to London Irish.
Barritt, who’s 79th minute decision to kick for touch and go for the try was the pivitol moment in a topsy-turvy encounter at the Madejski Stadium, praised his side’s togetherness after they snatched a last-gasp win to maintain the north London clubs unbeaten start to the season.
“I’m very proud,” said Barritt who was leading the side in the absence of lock Alistair Hargreaves (who missed the game with a slight knock).
“As a team we’d like to think we’re as tighter than ever; there's a real togetherness, and it’s moments like today that prove that.
“It was a tale of two half’s, and a mini game within a half today. We took an early lead, played some great rugby and then Irish came back with a kicking plan that kept turning our defence around. There was a great togetherness and great attitude showed by all the players throughout the day - we stuck to our guns and it pulled us through in the end.
On the decision to kick for touch in the 79th minute Barritt said; “I was standing there and guys were just saying to me that they would be 100% behind whatever call I made. It was a great that everyone got on board with the decision, and pulled through like that.”
He added; “Captaining Saracens today was a huge honour and privilege. To lead out the team I love was a dream come true and a very special moment for me. Saracens has been a huge part of my life. The people here, from administration, to the management, and to players, are people I consider to be very close friends of mine. It’s definitely something I’ll remember for the rest if my life.”