Feb 25, 2013
De Kock hails outstanding performance
After an amazing record comeback at Welford Road on Saturday, scrum half Neil de Kock paid tribute to his team's ‘outstanding second-half performance’.
Four second half tries against Leicester Tigers earned the visitors their second bonus point win in as many seasons at Welford Road; this despite trailing 17-3 with just a few minutes left in the first half.
De Kock said: “It was a tale of two halves! In the first half we really struggled to get into the game due to their intensity, and in the second half we decided to throw everything at them and offensively I think we really saw the difference. We were outstanding in the second half, we threw everything at them and we came away with the result.”
Flanker Will Fraser also paid tribute to Saracens’ team spirit and how they ‘pulled together’ after a poor first-half showing
He said: “It’s something we at the club pride ourselves on, and that is to play for each other. We knew at half time that our performance let them off the hook a little bit so we knew we had not performed anywhere near our potential. To score four tries in one half at Welford Road is almost unheard of, so it’s a massive credit to the team on how we pulled together.
“It’s a huge result. To come up here and get any form of result is tough, but to come up here and get a bonus point in effectively 40 minutes is right up there.”
Hooker Schalk Brits returned to the starting line-up and highlighted how his side’s leadership group played a pivotal role in the amazing second half turnaround at Welford Road.
“At half time we just spoke about focusing on the basics and the boys looked pretty amazing in the second half,” explained Brits.
“After the break we came off the line a lot quicker, we carried harder and it is the desire that this team has to perform and be successful every weekend, not every other weekend. To come to Welford Road is quite nice, you’ve always got a big crowd and it’s always a tough, physical game, and playing the Tigers you know what to you’re going to get. We didn’t face up in the first half, but the boys came out firing in the second half. It’s great result."