Time for Barritt to find his mojo

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 10 Apr 2008 at 14:23

Tomorrow’s clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin represents the perfect opportunity for Sharks midfielder Brad Barritt to rediscover his attacking flair. A sub-standard performance in this department should see the youngster relieved of the inside centre jersey for the remaining fixtures on tour.

Bradley Michael Barritt burst on to the scene as a raw 20-year-old back in 2006. He came with an impeccable age-group pedigree and appeared the complete package, whether playing at flyhalf or inside centre, his preferred position. Barritt has always been a fearless defender; what is more impressive is his superb tackle technique, which often allows him to secure vital turnover ball. He has grown in stature to the extent that he now marshals the Sharks defensive line and is the lynch-pin around which the most effective defensive unit in this year’s Super 14 revolves.

On attack, though, it’s a different story. The Brad Barritt we used to know was a creative attacking force; a stepper of note and an accurate distributor. Strong in the tackle, he would make good use of the offload, generally after forcing the half gap. In the past, he has even used a deft chip through to unlock defenses. This season, we have seen nothing of the sort.

Now perhaps it has much to do with the paucity of front-foot ball that Barritt is getting at the moment. The Sharks’ gameplan thus far, mostly one enforced by adverse weather, has involved plenty of kicking from the halfbacks. That said, Barritt has done precious little with the ball he has received, opting for the crashball option more often than not. He is not beating defenders anymore and his usually crisp passing seems uncharacteristically wayward. In short, he is playing like a man in his shell and the team is suffering as a result.

Sharks captain Johann Muller has spoken of the side’s determination to play attacking rugby against the Highlanders. Brad Barritt will need to play his way into form this week and take full advantage of what should be a glut of good posession coming to him. In Frans Steyn and Waylon Murray, he has try-hungry battering rams outside him and they must be fed. Is Barritt the man to give the outside backs good ball, having created just that little bit of extra room that they need?

We will know after 80 minutes at the House of Pain.


  • You can do it, BB! Give ‘em hell!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.08 14:28:31 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • D-day for all our backs to find their mojo…


  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.08 14:41:54 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Rob
    looks like your lovechild is recieving a long needed wake up call

    we are all waiting for the last year brad to step up to the plate and play ball

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.08 14:44:10 by barend Reply

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  • Welcome to the secret world of ” rob’s prayers”…

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.08 14:46:43 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Will he still have the same question after the match… Where’s my mojo :?: :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.08 14:56:54 by Charlie Reply

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  • Anyone seen my mojo?

    Also gone missing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.08 15:00:00 by Dawn Reply

    DawnUnder 19 player
  • Barrit to find his mofo?


  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.08 15:00:26 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • focus, Daniel-son ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.08 15:01:23 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • no but a nice glass of mojito can be found

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.08 15:01:25 by barend Reply

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  • Daniel Barrit?

    Isn’t it Brad?

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.08 15:03:24 by Dawn Reply

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  • omment 8 of 9, posted at 10.04.08 15:01:23 by robd’ylan robd’ylan

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.08 15:03:28 by I'ce Reply
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  • Good article Rob- and very spot on about how Brad contributed on attack previously. The little step before contact and release in the tackle were great weapons. Ruan really needs to get his finger out his ass.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.08 15:21:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I can smell the offending digit from here ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.08 15:31:23 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Michalak considers England move
    Thu, 10 Apr 2008 09:08

    Sharks flyhalf Frederic Michalak is contemplating a move to England to reach his “supreme goal” of playing for France again.

    The 25-year-old is currently plying his trade in the Super 14 for the unbeaten Sharks after joining them following last year’s Rugby World Cup but admits he may need to rethink his career path if he wants to represent his country again.

    “I would like to play Super 14 as much as possible,” Michalak told French daily L’Equipe.

    “I feel I am progressing but if I want to play for France, I have to return.

    “The Six Nations is a big Super 14.

    “It is tricky for me – I am enjoying taking part but at the same time, I was disappointed to miss the Six Nations.

    “You can’t have everything.

    “But all the same, France is the supreme goal.

    “Playing for the France team makes you dream,” the mercurial flyhalf went on to say.

    Michalak says he will make a decision at the end of the month

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.08 15:35:52 by barend Reply

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  • so we might not have him for the Currie Cup, I guess.

    Comme ce, comme ca.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.08 15:43:07 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Rob

    When the Sharks sign a player like Michalak or even Lensing is there a fee involved?

    Or does the union normally deal with the player and his agent?

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.08 15:46:31 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • I don’t think there are football-style transfer fees, Wes. Players typically only move when they are out of contract, or when the current union agrees to release them.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.08 16:06:13 by robd'ylan Reply
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