Mar 22, 2018
Saracens thrive on new surroundings – Barritt
Brad Barritt feels Saracens raise their game when faced with the challenge of playing at a new venue.
London Stadium will provide the arena for Saturday’s derby game against Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership, a fixture which for the past few years has been hosted by Wembley.
It will be the first club rugby game to be played at the former home of the Olympics and Sarries captain Barritt says it will give the match against an old foe an added edge.
He told Saracens.com: “Quins are a team we have a lot of respect for as a London rival club.
“They have fantastic players across their squad and we always know it’s going to be a tough fixture against them. There’s an added motivation having lost our away game earlier on in the season.
“Playing at a new stadium is going to bring a special dynamic to the game.
“This Saracens team has always thrived on going to new environments, experiencing a new challenge and winning so it’s one we’re excited for.”
The Men in Black – blue this weekend – welcome back eight internationals who plied their trade at the Six Nations for the past 10 weeks.
Saracens lost two league games in their absence while England finished a disappointing fifth in the tournament, but Barritt insists everyone is focused on the future rather than the uncontrollable past.
He said: “The beauty of Saracens and guys coming back is whatever has happened before, whether that’s positive or negative, we’re able to leave that behind.
“Everyone is motivated by their team-mates and people they care for. The next two months is about making Saracens as successful as possible.
“We weathered the storm with how the team coped with it; the period before the Six Nations we had some of our best form. The hope now is to show the form from the Northampton game and hit a winning run of momentum as we head into May.
“The strength of the group is its collective spirit and the way the team is able to fight its way out of a difficult situation and that’s something we’re very proud of.
“We know we can compete with the best and we’ll take that spirit and carry it through until the end of the season. The drive we have within the group to get better means we know it’s going to be a good conclusion.”