Sep 04, 2017
In The Press: Media Reacts to Brits' Super Saturday
Ageless wonder Schalk Brits put on a show in Saracens’ 55-24 dismantling of Northampton at Twickenham on Saturday.
Man of the match Brits, 36, ran rings around Saints defenders, scoring once and setting up a handful of tries as Saracens ran nine in on the day.
Having confirmed his plans to retire at the end of the season, the media gushed over the spritely South African.
Here are some of our favourite examples:
Chris Foy – The Daily Mail: “He romped around HQ like a fresh rookie, leaving Saints flailing in his slipstream.
“This column cannot recall a foreign player who has had more of a sustained impact in the English game. There have been countless iconic imports over the years, but Brits trumps the lot.”
Jack De Menezes – The Independent: "It is a minor sporting tragedy that Brits will retire next May with just 10 international caps to his name, and it is performances like the one that blew Saints off the park at the weekend that add further scrutiny about how he was overlooked by the Springboks for so long."
Tom Hamilton – ESPN: “Brits was sublime for Saracens, and belied his 36 years with a performance of gainline-breaking brilliance and set piece security as they hammered the Saints.”
The Times: “The Premiership will be a poorer place when he retires.”
Daniel Schofield – The Telegraph: “Brits is simply a freak. His basketball style pass to set up Alex Lozowski’s try still looks geometrically impossible at the tenth time of viewing.
“He walked away beaming his megawatt smile.”
Michael Aylwin – The Guardian: “Rugby fans should make the most of him.”
Director of Rugby Mark McCall also got in on the action.
McCall: “He is kind of like Peter Pan. He is an explosive athlete and his athleticism hasn’t gone away at all. It was a stunning performance.”
Even the opposition had nice things to say…
Dylan Hartley: “I wish I could do some of that stuff.”