McCall praises Barritt’s defence

Date published: November 27 2016

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his captain Brad Barritt after a scintillating performance against Gloucester.

Saracens were able to claim a 24-20 victory in London after a valiant defensive effort. McCall said it was an incredibly close game and that Brad Barritt was the obvious choice for the Man of the Match award.

"I thought Brad Barritt was a clear Man of the Match. Some of his tackling was out of this world," he said.
"It was a really tough, close game which could have gone either way. I guess at this time of year, these kind of games, it's just about getting the result and we were fortunate enough to get that result.

"We weren't perfect, far from it, but I do think we showed resilience at crucial times and bounced back from a few pretty poor scores and then we just did enough in the second half to eke over the line.

"We defended well the whole game but that first 60 seconds of defence was pretty awful. The players have said that's the toughest Gloucester side they've played against."