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Barritt shines as Sarries down Quins


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 28 Dec 2011 at 11:13
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Saracens recorded a memorable 19-11 win against Premiership leaders Harlequins, in front of a world-record 82 000 crowd at Twickenham yesterday – the largest ever attendance at a club game.

Former Sharks centre Brad Barritt, who has established himself as a key player in the Saracens midfield after making the North London club his home two and a half years ago, put in another sterling defensive performance that saw him named man of the match. Barritt, who has been on the fringes of international selection for England for quite some time, never quite managed to crack the nod at senior level under Martin Johnson, with imports from further east (in Kiwi’s Riki Flutey and Shontayne Hape) preferred in the English number 12 jersey.

The winds of change are sweeping through English rugby, however and the formidable Saracens combination of Barritt and Owen Farrell are on the up and widely tipped to force their way into the Six Nations squad soon to be named by caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster.

“As a player you always aspire to play at the top level but in rugby it’s often about one man’s opinion,” Barritt recently told The Guardian. ” If you don’t get that chance it can be frustrating. The best way to respond is to keep your head down and keep playing to a level where you should get selected. I like to think I’ve done that over the course of the last two and a half years.”

Putting in the sort of performance he did at Twickenham yesterday certainly won’t do his cause any harm, though.



47 Comments

  • Awesome player !

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.12.11 11:39:04 by Talent Reply
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  • will never usurp manu tuilagi at 12! he couldn’t even.displace flutey & hape let alone tindall… pffft

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.12.11 11:47:34 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : Brad gives you something completely different to Tuilagi… for one thing, he actually has a brain and doesn’t spend half his life suspended.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.12.11 12:11:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks biggest loss. Hopefully this year he will get selected as he is head and shoulders above all the other centres in the UK. I will really dislike him in the white jersey though. He should have been a Bok.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.12.11 12:12:07 by lostfish Reply
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  • Never been Barritt’s biggest fan, and all this talk of “he should have been a Springbok” really bothers me… Why when we’ve had plenty of very capable players there! Thanks, but rather give me Wynand Olivier.

    Can’t help but laugh when Richardt Strauss is supposedly playing in a ‘weak’ competition so isn’t really any good, but Barritt should’ve been a Springbok.

    But he’s a useful player who wouldn’t be out of place in an England jersey.

    He’s a lot more Mike Catt, so comparing him to Tuilagi doesn’t really make much sense. I wouldn’t ever select Tuilagi as an inside-back tbh. It’s like selecting Jaque Fourie at 12 – shouldn’t be happening.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.12.11 13:42:44 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) : btw the more ive been you tubing johan sadie ,the more im coming to agree with you about him being a wing

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.12.11 14:34:28 by Talent Reply
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  • http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/John-Plumtree-flattered-li nks-Ospreys-role/story-14259276-detail/story.html

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.12.11 14:43:39 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 6) :

    My reasons you won’t necessarily find on youtube.

    Out-and-out wingers aren’t finding much success at test level because of the small spaces they have to work in compared to CC, ITM Cup or Super Rugby…

    A guy like Lwazi Mvovo offers no value at that level because you’re losing so much in terms of kicking (or who you can put back to return kicks etc.), and play-makers on the inside etc.

    I’m also a bit worried that Sadie isn’t up to it yet defensively, and when the pressure is on, it’s defense that counts.

    With the departure of Jaque Fourie though, I think Sadie will be our best centre in 2012 :mrgreen: We’ll have no choice really.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.12.11 14:54:02 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 8) :

    I’m not worried about Sadie on attack as a centre. He’ll be damn good if they hand him the job.

    It’s the defensive side of the ball that I’d be worried about. So the wing would’ve been an ideal opportunity to utilize his strengths had Jaque Fourie stayed.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.12.11 14:58:35 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) : I think you’re reading far too much into this.

    Nobody’s said Brad should have been selected for the Boks at the time he left. There were plenty in the pecking order ahead of him and that fact, coupled with the often shoddy treatment he got in Durbs led him to seek greener pastures.

    What we are saying, though, is that compared to the guys he’s playing against in the same league he stands out and based on that, should be selected for England. My views on the relative strengths and weaknesses of NH leagues v SH leagues don’t come into the equation.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.12.11 15:19:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 7) : speculative, eh? But then again, not often smoke without fire…

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.12.11 15:22:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    I see… but there has been a fair bit of talk on here about Barritt being a Springbok! :mrgreen: Not necessarily from you though.

    Barritt had some good things about him, but heck he was never going to be a long-term solution in the 12 jersey for the Boks. He was more hard work then actual talent. Might have gotten a handful of caps on a few EOYT’s.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.12.11 15:47:26 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : like i said, barritt couldn’t even trump nowhere guys like hape & flutey. he is solid at best. he is not the best at anything a better version of andries strauss.

    goodness knows how you sharks okes were gagging after last year’s currie cup final only for strauss to be showed up again in the baabas game tl tl tl ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.12.11 16:16:16 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!! You can’t say things like that!!!!!! i don’t like agreeing with you. :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.12.11 17:37:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I don’t think there is a foreign coach they DIDN’T mention. :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.12.11 17:44:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Have to agree regarding Barritt he is a good solid option that provides defensive mettle and is a great organizer but there is more to that position in the international arena. Francois Steyn has been earmarked as our future 12 and he has all the attributes of a world class 12.

    Regarding the Sharks, I think we should persist with Bosman and maybe Whitehead as a backup. Regarding the future i would like to see Rob Du Preez (Kearsney and Natal schools flyhalf) be developed as a 12, i think he could be very good there, at least until he develops his kicking game more.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.12.11 17:48:24 by Pat Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : don’t make me GLARE at you, Bosch… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.12.11 17:54:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : :grin:

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.12.11 18:25:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : uh oh…. this is ON!

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.12.11 18:43:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) : I was saying he should have been a Bok because he is a South African, I am not saying he should have been selected when he left.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.12.11 19:56:18 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 20) : ja, now you see, even I could work that out from your post… not sure why hendrik couldn’t… must be the impetuousness of youth. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.12.11 20:05:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : it the WP supporter mentality :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.12.11 20:21:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Humph, luckily for me I happened to be in a seat with an angle of such that the only Saracens backline players’ number I saw was Strettle running in his intercept try. To the heavens for the next game :lol:

    Strange seeing Harlequins being beaten so easily in the first half, Smitty had a good few scrums at loose head when he came on as well, would be nice if he can end his career with another trophy.

    And who is this Collin Farrel? : :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.12.11 20:33:06 by LordHope Reply

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  • “The best way to respond is to keep your head down and keep playing to a level where you should get selected”

    A touch ironic really: he didn’t do that in SA. :twisted:

    Not sure who is trumpeting Barritt’s Bok credentials – but whoever they are, they need to calm the funk down! :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.12.11 20:34:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) : LIKE! :)

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.12.11 20:59:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 20) :

    The phrase ‘He should have been a Bok’ indicates that you think he should have been part of the Springbok setup. I’m not a mind-reader, so thought that is what you meant :mrgreen:

    Barritt seemed to think he was a lot better then he really was, which might give us an idea on why he left in the first place.

    Might seem a tad ironic coming from me, but the one thing I want to see heading forward is no more cheap Springbok caps. It should be an honor to be a Springbok, and having players like (some of) the ones that went to Australasia during the Tri Nations capped as Springboks only devalues it.

    Having Barritt as a Springbok would’ve been the same thing. Selecting someone who isn’t near being the top in his position in the country.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.12.11 01:27:11 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) : Barritt seemed to think he was a lot better then he really was, which might give us an idea on why he left in the first place.

    That could have been brought on by the coach playing him at 12 all season ahead of the RWC winning 12 who was also in the squad.

    That was my drum for that season. “How the hell could Plum keep playing Barritt ahead of Steyn at 12 when Steyn had just won us a RWC at 12?”

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.12.11 07:42:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :
    Expecting logic in Plumtree’s selections, especially at centre, is just unrealistic.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.12.11 08:18:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    Steyn played the majority of the 2008 SR season at 12 didn’t he?

    Needed more stability though. He was moved around far too much.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.12.11 08:32:28 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) :

    Tell you what, after reading Smitties book, I’m starting to think my opinion on Plum might be misguided.

    I don’t agree with a lot of what he does, but if John has a high opinion of him, then I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.12.11 08:38:07 by hendrikp Reply

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  • I’m always behind our KOBs in England Brad and Matt whenever they play. I hope for the best for them career-wise. I’d really like to see BB achieve his goal of becoming international regular for England in 2012.

    BB has the rugby brain to be a standout in midfielder but unfortunately he wasn’t gifted with the all-important kind of pace that standard setters on the international front have been able to rely as part of the package that sets them apart from the pack. As a result, I think BB is far better suited to the conditions of N/H rugby, will be solid like many have stated above and will have his moments on attack as well but up to now has and will always struggle to sustain the kind of world class challenge we’ve come to accept from top class centres.

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.12.11 11:42:00 by beet Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : I understand what you’re saying here re: Hape, Flutey, Tindall and it makes a strong case. But I sometimes think one has to also consider if the choices made by the coaching staff, in this case headed up by Johnson, were the correct ones. Wud a different England coach opted for a different approach, different selections and wud he have been more successful than Johnson? Obviously we’ll never know this but it stands to reason that for a large part of Johnson’s time at the helm, England looked like a team with much room for improvement.

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.12.11 11:47:22 by beet Reply
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  • @Pat (Comment 16) : Love this youngsters ability to create separation and put players around him into space. Some fantastic playmaking skills but wud have concerns over his line speed if he was shifted to 12.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.12.11 11:50:10 by beet Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 30) :
    Plumtree seems to be a stand-up kind of guy – forthright and decisive, but his weakness is a lack of imagination or the ability to change direction.

    I have huge regard for Smit, but as a bastion of the old guard, and already well-established, its very unlikely that he would suffer from Plumtree’s shortcoming (being a very well-established leader and a front-row forward).

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.12.11 12:59:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 29) : Nope. I was bitching about the lovechild being picked ahead of him all season.

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.12.11 13:11:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think we need some new news… will try dig some up

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.12.11 13:50:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 30) : Smit also has a high opinion of PDiv, probably because PDiv let the players select themselves.

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.12.11 15:34:45 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : nah it’s cool. I like slating Barrit. :)

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.12.11 15:51:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 13) : Say what you want about Barrit and Strauss . . . They`re both light years better than our current option at 12. :!:

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.12.11 19:14:27 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 39) : But both light years behind Frans Steyn.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.12.11 20:31:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 39) : is this a new theory of relativity… lol

    go back to this year’s archives & you’ll see that i’ve slated meyer bosman the MOST! i even gave him the nic “TURNSTILE” ;)

    be that as it may, barrit is/was not Bok material.

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.12.11 02:42:31 by Megatron Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) : True That!

    @Megatron (Comment 41) : Right now it`s the Sharks I`m worried about not the bokke.

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.12.11 10:44:50 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 41) : the thing is brad could have been a bok now ,not an incumbent but if andries strauss is then brad would have been as well

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.12.11 10:56:38 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 43) : could’ve should’ve…he threw his lot with the poms and even then he didn’t hack it…

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.12.11 11:50:01 by Megatron Reply

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  • My Christmas wish would come true if Plumtree was scooped up by Ospreys.

    The Sharks have stagnated under Plumtree… it’s very much time for a change.

    Does anyone honestly think the Sharks can win the S15 in 2012?

    A change of coach may just lead to a revival of our fortunes akin to the revival of the “Rubble Reds”. If they can do it, trust me, so can the Sharks. But not with a coach whose mediocre Super record reads 2009 – 6th, 2010 – 9th, 2011 – 6th.

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.12.11 15:37:12 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 45) :
    Fully agree. We need regime change comrades!

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.12.11 16:09:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @siorc (Comment 45) :
    @Big Fish (Comment 46) :

    The thing is that this IS finally a year with some change.

    Every year we expect great things from our guys only to be let down and finish the Super race as a middle of the pack team.

    This year the season starts off with none of those big expectations from me, so I will either be pleasantly surprised or extremely shocked, but I won’t feel let down.

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.01.12 10:31:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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