May 01, 2017
De Kock Reflects On Final Outing
Neil De Kock bade farewell to the Allianz Park faithful as he started against Bristol with Saracens running out 27-9 victors in a bonus-point win on Saturday afternoon.
The scrum-half who has now made 263 appearances for the Men in Black came off the pitch in the 51st minute to a rapturous reception. After the match, he explained his emotions after 11-years of dedicated service came to an end.
He explained: “For me personally, there are much better players who have not had the send-off that I got today so I’m blessed.”
“For me and Kelly (Brown), I’m very happy and feel very fortunate to be able to have run out in front of a full-house here at Allianz Park for a team that we’ve played with for so long.”
“We’ve made friends with the fans and obviously made a lot of friends with teammates and coaches so to spend a day like this with them, it’s been really, really awesome.”
“It’s bittersweet for me”, He added, “I’ve been thinking about this day for about five years really so eventually we’ve got to it. We’ve still got a job to do, we’ve got to prepare the boys for the rest of the season.”
On the pitch, Saracens rallied back from a tricky first half where they dominated possession but were unable to make any impact on the scoreline. However, they bounced back with four tries in the second-half and De Kock expressed his pleasure at the result.
The 38-year-old said: “Obviously, it didn’t go the way we had planned but we dug in, we found a way through and earned a much-needed bonus-point going forward.
“You’ve got to give Bristol a lot of credit for the way they came out and the way they frustrated us.”