May 16, 2013
Saracens 19 South African Barbarians 0
John Smit ended his career on a winning note as Saracens were 19-0 winners against the South African Barbarians after another successful night at the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London.
Smit started the match at hooker and ended it playing at fly half as he called time on an illustrious career that saw him capped 111 times by the Springboks and win a World Cup in 2007.
The club’s fourth match at the unique venue in the capital’s financial district saw two tries from James Short and a score for Jack Wilson secure the victory against the Barbarians side largely made up of emerging South African players based in Europe.
After a fierce opening quarter of the match, Short scored his first of the match to round off a flowing crossfield move while Wilson powered over the line just before the break.
Short crossed for a second midway through the second half in a match that also saw Joe Maddock and Andy Saull play their final games for Saracens.
But perhaps the biggest cheer of the evening was saved for Smit when he came back on to the field with five minutes remaining to take charge of the game at fly-half and round of a fantastic career.
Saracens return to the Honourable Artillery Company on Thursday 22nd August when they face Cornish Pirates. Tickets for the match are on sale now - just click here.