Apr 28, 2017
Brits hails 'special' Saracens ahead of 200th appearance
Schalk Brits will make his 200th Saracens appearance against Bristol in the last home game of the season at Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon.
The hooker’s 200th game comes after 8 years at the club which have yielded a total of five major trophies. Speaking after Captain’s Run on Thursday afternoon Brits spoke of his time at the club.
He reflected on the environment at Saracens saying: “I think that this place is quite different to any other rugby organisation that I’ve previously been a part of.
“They care about the individual players, not just looking at me as a rugby player but me as a human being.
“People care about who you are and they care about my family so it’s a special place.”
Also on Saturday, Kelly Brown and Neil De Kock will make their last home appearance. Despite his own personal milestone, Brits spoke of his desire to enjoy the occasion for his teammates rather than himself.
He said: “Playing 200 games is great but it’s an even better occasion Neil De Kock and Kelly Brown’s careers.
“That’s going to be the best part of Saturday, playing with friends that I’ve played with from day one here. It’s going to be a special game, not because of my 200th but the history and memories we’ve made these last 8 years”
The match will be played against an already relegated Bristol side but despite the highs of last weekend’s Champions Cup Semi-Final victory against Munster Brits re-iterated the team’s desire to approach the game in the same way as any other.
“It was amazing playing at Munster on that stage but it’s always good to be back home at Allianz Park”, he explained.
“In terms of mentality, as a club we never pick and choose.
“No matter where we play or who we’re playing, we’ll front up and it’ll be business as usual as far as we’re concerned.
He added: “Although Bristol aren’t very high in the league they possess a lot of threats if we’re not on our game they can hurt us.
“Anyone can beat anyone in the Premiership, it’s a hard league.”
By Will Freeman