Dec 05, 2017
'Galvanised' Sarries will takle Clermont challenge as one - Barritt
Brad Barritt believes Saracens ‘togetherness’ as a squad will see them through their recent dip in results, as they prepare to face Clermont Auvergne on Sunday at Allianz Park in a re-run of the 2017 European Rugby Champions Cup Final.
Saracens’ head into the game on the back of three back-to-back defeats in the Aviva Premiership, with the Club’s youngsters also tasting defeat in back-to-back Anglo-Welsh Cup games. Despite the recent disappointment in results, the Club’s inspirational captain has issued a rallying call for everyone involved with the Club, and is backing the north Londoners’ collective spirit to come to the fore in the crunch Pool 2 fixture this weekend.
“Over the last few weeks we have talked about many things internally but the one that stands out for me, is the importance of how a collective and joined-up effort will be for us over the next few games,” said Barritt.. “When we have been successful in the past, a tight-knit feel within the club has been a cornerstone of what we do and with some huge games Champions Cup and the Aviva Premiership on the horizon, I think it’s important that we recognise how important that is for us as a team, and everyone, players, coach’s, support staff and our fans – have a part to play in that. Whilst recent results have been disappointing, it’s been merely a net difference of eight points in three Premiership games."
Saracens head into the festive period where they face Clermont in back-to-back games before a Christmas eve trip to Welford Road to play Leicester Tigers. With Schalk Brits, Dominic Day, Maro Itoje, Michael Rhodes, Duncan Taylor, Liam Williams and Billy Vunipola all ruled out with injury, Sarries deep squad is being tested but Barritt has backed his side to rise to the challenge.
“We’re a few players down; we’re missing some talented guys but what we have at Saracens is a strong squad who all pull in the same direction,” he said. “Team’s go through an injury crisis at some point’ – that’s part and parcel of the modern game – but we’re blessed to have some unbelievable players and characters in our squad. We have experienced guys, all who have been in these kind of situations before and as there’s a real steeliness and resolve around the group that you need when things aren’t going your way some times.
"At Saracens, we’ve been on record saying that we’re not an outcome based team, that we ‘pound-the-rock’ and concentrate on putting the effort in and trusting the process, that’s our message once again. This group have proven over the last few years that it’s one that never shirks the challenge and we’re looking forward to facing our next one this Sunday and in the context of a season, which is a more of a marathon than I sprint, this period may well prove to be a galvanising experience that allows considerable growth and learning in our group and organisation."
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