Jan 19, 2018
Brad Barritt: "We Have To Be Relentless"
Brad Barritt says he and his team have put targets aside and are purely focusing on the task at hand as he and his teammates gear up to face Northampton at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Sarries have already beaten Northampton twice this season, scoring 112 points in the process but face a resurgent Saints, who have won both their first two games under new Director of Rugby, Alan Gaffney who is formerly of the Men in Black.
The Saracens skipper explained the importance of not looking past the task at hand and said that they would adopt the same approach as they would normally take into a European game such as this against strong opposition.
Barritt said: “For us it’s a ‘next job’ mentality, I think we’re focusing on ourselves in terms of how we approach the game physically and mentally.
“You can never really write the script in terms of what happens on the pitch so we have to be relentless in our approach and resilient in terms of what they’re going to throw at us.
“As a team you can never put a goal there in terms of points or scores, we’re going to have to take it minute-by-minute and that’s the way this team best operates.”
In their last two games under Gaffney, Saints have beaten Gloucester and French Champions Clermont and boast a team packed full of international experience but saw their qualification hopes dashed by four defeats in their first four Champions Cup games.
Barritt says he is under no illusions as to the task at hand: “We’re under no illusions that Northampton are a fantastic team full of great players. It was only going to be a matter of time before they turned it around.
“Rugby is a seven day sport, what happens in last week has no bearing on what happens this week and we’ve put those victories well and truly behind us and we’ve got to start from scratch.
“It’s about putting together all the fundamentals and key principles in our game in order to get the right result.”
Sarries secured a 15-15 draw away at fellow Pool 2 qualification contenders Ospreys with British an Irish Lions Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell scoring 15 points apiece and Barritt says that the North Londoners have taken the necessary lessons from the game.
He said: “I suppose as a team our forwards have put a lot of pressure on themselves to work on the scrum aspect this week, they’ve trained tirelessly and have been fantastic in terms of trying to turn that around.
“Defensively with the conditions I thought we were very good and it was a season high in terms of positive collisions so we’ll take a lot of highs from that, we know what’s at stake at the weekend and all three aspects of our game are going to have to be married up.”