May 23, 2018
The final is just reward for the whole group - Barritt
Brad Barritt says it has been a huge group effort from everyone to reach this year’s Aviva Premiership final.
Saracens will battle it out with Exeter Chiefs for the title after overcoming Wasps 57-33 in the semi-final.
After a season of character and determination to overcome a tricky patch, captain Barritt is keen to highlight the work everyone has put in, not just the players.
“It’s just reward for the whole group,” he said.
“We often talk about the 23 that get the opportunity to play but it’s been about the group of 50 odd players, a management team of 20 odd people and it’s just reward for the whole organisation for the efforts that have been put in since July last year.
“The strength of this group is rising to the challenge week-in, week-out and we’ve done that very successfully since late December, turning the fortunes of the club around with hard work and dedication to the task.”
Exeter ended the regular campaign in first place and are in their third final in as many years.
The reigning champions have stepped up their game since losing to Sarries in the 2016 final and Barritt is relishing the battle against them at Twickenham.
He said: “They’ve come on hugely, and that’s justified by their number one league position. They’re a fantastic team with very few weaknesses.
“They’re a formidable opponent and one we’re really excited to meet this weekend.”