May 15, 2019
Barritt hails Sarries leaders for European success
Brad Barritt put in a captain’s performance on the way to lifting the Heineken Champions Cup for the third time.
The Saracens skipper made 28 tackles against Leinster without missing a single hit - the most by a back in a European match since 2009/10.
His display earned him the man-of-the-match award and became only the second captain after Leinster head coach Leo Cullen to lift the European club rugby’s showpiece three times, taking him past Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson and Fabien Pelous.
Barritt was quick to heap praise on his teammates post-match for the club’s achievement.
He said: “It is difficult to sum it up with all the emotion that has gone into it this season but it has been a full-squad effort and I can’t speak highly enough of the other leaders we have in this team.
"But more importantly, the way the team responded to those key messages, because a message is only as good as the guys who follow it, and they were phenomenal.
“The players galvanised their performances after we went down to 14 men and that was the game-changing moment for us.
“We started to say to ourselves ‘why are we worrying about the small things’ and from that moment on, we began to empty the tank and I am so proud of the organisation of the whole team.
“We said at no stage is this game won we have to keep going for 40 minutes and the most pleasing thing was battering them in their 22 in the last ten minutes and giving them no easy out – that was one of the hallmarks of our belief and physicality and something we pride ourselves on.”