Mar 18, 2016
Preview: "We're showing a lot of heart and togetherness" - Brown
Kelly Brown is hoping a mid-season trip to New York will provide Saracens with the required momentum to approach the final third of a hectic campaign in both the Aviva Premiership and the European Champions Cup.
With a litany of players either away on international duty during the Six Nations, or ruled out by injury and suspension, the experienced Scottish flanker has been a welcomed presence of calm and composure during a block of games where Saracens resources have been stretched.
Brown will start for Saracens at Welford Road at openside flanker, after an impressive cameo against London Irish in the ground-breaking Aviva Premiership game in the USA. Speaking ahead of a challenging away trip to familiar advisories Leicester Tigers, Brown stated that the week away Stateside may act as a welcome break for the Saracens squad as they prepare themselves for a block of fixtures that include two top four clashes against Leicester and Exeter Chiefs, a Champions Cup quarter-final against Northampton and the clubs annual pilgrimage to Wembley to face Harlequins.
Brown said: “The season is 45 weeks long if you include the preseason, so it can get quite samey, so it was great to get over there and as a group, the guys worked hard to scrap out a win. But we also got some time off to spend a bit of time with each other socially and that was great.
"It’s certainly been said that the last seven weeks has been a big challenge for the club, and obviously I’ve had more chances to play and I’ve really enjoyed it. One thing as a side we posses is a large amount of character and it’s certainly been tested. But I think on the whole I think we’re showing a lot of heart and togetherness."
Saracens will need to delve into their resources of fortitude this Sunday when they come up against a Leicester Tigers side who have once again positioned themselves for the final third of the season with all to play for in both competitions.
On the Tigers, Brown said: “They have been slightly up and down at times during this season, as have most sides, but when they’re on it they are a very, very good side. We’re under no illusions just exactly how tough this will be for us, but we like a challenge.”