Feb 23, 2018
Returning Brits 'Excited' To Play In Front of Allianz Park Crowd
Schalk Brits says that he is ‘excited’ to get back into the action ahead of this weekend’s home game against Leicester Tigers.
Brits has missed the last three months and has thanked the backroom team for getting him back to match fitness. Brits’ last game was in November against Exeter and he returns with Sarries topping the table, one place above Chiefs.
Speaking exclusively to Saracens.com the hooker explained his relief to be back, saying: “I don’t know what I’m more excited about, playing or not having to do all the extra fitness activities! It’s been a hard couple of weeks so thank you to Andy (Edwards), Phil (Morrow) and Laura (Tulloch) for getting me through it, from a playing perspective I’m very excited.”
The Men in Black have won five successive Premiership games and have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup in recent weeks, but Brits says he has been encouraged by more than just the results in recent weeks.
The 36-year-old said: “The results don’t drive us, the process drives us and we always want to get better as a team. This weekend, playing against Leicester, it’s going to be quite a different challenge compared to when we played up there.
“The last couple of weeks have been fantastic, the boys put a great shift in, their work ethic was fantastic and the physicality was great. Tigers want to give us one back at our home ground so it’s going to be a tough battle.”
Brits will enjoy the reception of an Saracens crowd he’s played in-front of for nine years now and says that he’s missed the fans as well as playing alongside his friends:
“Awesome”, he replied, “I’ve been here quite a while and am almost part of the furniture now. It’s just fantastic being back, you miss the people that have been supporting the team and myself for a long time.”
“You also want to get back to playing with your friends, it’s hard to explain but it’s quite difficult watching from the side-lines. Now I’m looking forward to running with the ball and having a bit of fun.”
Brits retires at the end of this season after a fantastic career, which has encompassed three Premierships, two Champions Cups and ten caps for South Africa but says he won’t see the next three months as a lap of honour.
He said: “The focus is not on me retiring, the focus is for us to become a better side and I want to help the other players get better and vice-versa, there’s a constant culture of improvement.
“I want to keep getting better and hopefully at the end of the season we can lift a couple of cups together. That’s not just for the players, but everyone that’s been supporting Saracens and I’m looking forward to going on this journey.”