Barritt on Euro title: ‘We’re very hungry’

Date published: April 23 2016

Saracens captain Brad Barritt hailed his side's resilience and their hunger to succeed in Europe after reaching the Champions Cup Final.

Runners-up in 2014, Saracens will now get another chance to win a first European title after overcoming Wasps in Saturday's semi-final at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

Barritt pointed to his side's composure under pressure in the 24-17 win, but was cautious to note that nothing had been won yet.

"In terms of frustrations in the past, by no means have we won anything yet. There is still this hunger and desire within this team. We now have a final to look forward to and prepare for," Barritt explained.

"The pleasing thing with this team is the resilience. The things we speak about at length, but more importantly put into practice.

"We know that every team is going to have their 'golden moment' in a game, and it's about staying focused for your next task. That's what we did – we applied the pressure.

"The hugely-pleasing thing about this team is that there are on-field generals across the pitch. There are guys who are leading in their own departments and are making a stand and helping and coaching each other off the ball. The resilience within the squad is huge.

"It (winning the European Champions Cup) has been a driving force for us for five seasons now. We've slowly edged our way closer and closer. We've gone from qualifying to a quarter-final, two semi-finals and a final.

"It would be the icing on the cake to lift the trophy, but we are not there yet and we are not going to talk about it until it happens. But it's a huge driving force, and this team is very hungry for that success."

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall meanwhile credited the work of his pack in the set-piece and felt his side's play wasn't necessarily rewarded in the scoreline.

"I thought we were brilliant today. We were physical and intelligent in the way we played the game, but we couldn't get away on the scoreboard," McCall said.

"We knew our set-piece was going to be important.

"Our scrum was outstanding all the way through the game, and our defensive lineout was outstanding too. It was a great effort by the forwards, but a great effort by everybody.

"There were times today when we could have got a little bit frustrated – obviously after one minute when you are seven points behind – but we felt we dominated the rest of the half."