Apr 05, 2018
One final push on the home stretch - Brits
Schalk Brits says the memories he has from playing in Champions Cup with Saracens will last a life time.
The South African hooker made his 50th appearance in the competition in Sarries’ defeat to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday.
It turned out to be his last in the tournament before his retirement and with two titles under his belt, it hasn’t been a bad ‘journey’.
“The journey has been fantastic from 2009 when I arrived and we didn’t qualify for what was then the Heineken Cup,” Brits told Sarries TV.
“The journey we’ve been through having lost a couple of quarter-finals and semi-finals, then a final before winning the tournament twice… it’s been amazing.
“With all the past and present players it’s been an unbelievable journey and the memories I’ve made have been fantastic.
“The 50th is just a cap is nothing really; what is amazing is the guys I’ve played with and the memories I’ve got.”
Four Aviva Premiership games remain of the regular 2017/18 season with Saracens still in the hunt for a top two finish and a home semi-final in the play-offs.
Last term, the Men in Black were defeated by eventual winners Exeter Chiefs in the last four and Brits insists the squad will turn their full attention to ending the campaign on a high.
He said: “Going forward we’re gutted we’re not still in the Champions Cup but now we can put our focus on the Premiership. We narrowly lost to Exeter last season and we can now focus our resource on this.
“We had a great meeting (on Wednesday) and we’re up for the next challenge. There’s not a lot of games left and there’s just one final push on the home stretch.”