Saracens - Barritt Signs - 5 great moments

Apr 22, 2015

Barritt Signs - 5 great moments

With the fantastic news Brad Barritt will be extending his stay with Saracens, we take a look back at some of the centre’s finest moments:

Brad Barritt moved to Saracens in 2008 and quickly endeared himself to the Saracens faithful with a string of impressive performances. Speaking of Brad Barritt, Mark Mccall has called the hard hitting centre "the most competitive person" he's come across. Fans have become accustomed to seeing Barritt's competitive nature every time he's pulled on the Saracens shirt. England rugby soon sought his talents, with the Durban born centre winning 22 caps to date. His finest moment in an England shirt is arguably the 37-21 win over New Zealand in 2012, where Barritt combined with Tuilagi to run the All Blacks ragged in a superb 80 minute performances against the best side in world rugby.

Barritt scores against South Africa

[caption id="attachment_40704" align="alignnone" width="560"]Saracens v South Africa - Friendly Match 17/11/2009 - Barritt celebrates the win over South Africa at Wembley[/caption]

To score against the country of your birth must be a strange feeling, but Barritt looked over the moon when Saracens defeated South Africa in the historic friendly at Wembley Stadium. Barritt ignited the Saracens comeback when he charged through three South African tacklers to score the men in black’s second try. The Durban born centre had recently moved to North London from the Sharks, but quickly etched his name into Saracens folklore, with a performance and a try worthy of defeating the reigning World Cup champions.

Barritt joins the backrow at Kingsholm

[caption id="attachment_40717" align="alignnone" width="560"]2014 Aviva Premiership Gloucester v Saracens Jan 4th 04/01/2014 - Barritt prepares to take on Billy Twelvetrees at Kingsholm[/caption]

There aren't many better defenders in the game than Brad Barritt and the Saracens centre showed he was capable of stepping into the back-row when an emergency at Kingsholm saw two Saracens forwards sin-binned, leaving Barritt to take his place in the scrum. It was only a cameo appearance in the forwards, but Barritt helped Saracens secure an impressive 29-8 victory on his return from injury.

Neat Barritt nudge unlocks Bath

Saracens v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Saracens were looking to extend their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership, but faced a tricky away encounter at Bath in February last year. A fine moment of individual skill from the Saracens centre unlocked the Bath defence, giving the men in black the perfect platform to take the victory. A pin point accurate Brad Barritt grubber kick on the stroke of half-time picked out an onrushing David Strettle who touched down in the corner at the Rec giving Saracens an unassailable 17-3 lead going into the second period.

Brave Barritt points to the corner

[caption id="attachment_40720" align="alignnone" width="560"]London Irish v Saracens - Aviva Premiership 21/09/2014 - London Irish defenders attempt to take down Barritt[/caption]

A penalty had been awarded in the last minute of the game at the Madjeski stadium and Saracens had the opporuntity to kick for goal and take the draw against London Irish. Stand in captain Brad Barritt had other ideas, as he subsequently pointed to the corner. The murmurs in the crowd suggested they disagreed with the decision. But minutes later Barritt was being hailed as a tactical genius, as Saracens executed a perfect drive and maul from the line out to win the game at the death.

Barritt draws the plaudits

[caption id="attachment_40718" align="alignnone" width="560"]Saracens v Gloucester Rugby - Aviva Premiership 11/10/2014 - Barritt powers over Gloucester's Ben Morgan[/caption]

On his return from injury this season, Barritt put in an outstanding display against Gloucester at Allianz Park to keep Saracens in the Premiership play-off positions. The Saracens centre forced Gloucester into making error after error, leaving Mark McCall to sing his praises: "I'd have Brad on my international team every day of the week. People underestimate him and think he's a one-trick pony but there's much more to his game, and without question he's the most competitive person that I've come across."

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