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Barritt over Heineken 'hiccup'

27th May 2014 08:04

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Next challenge: Brad Barritt

Saracens centre Brad Barritt has described the Heineken Cup Final loss to Toulon as merely a 'hiccup' ahead of the Premiership Final.

Saracens will face Northampton at Twickenham on Saturday looking to rebound from their 23-6 loss in Cardiff.

Having reached the final in Europe and finished top of the Aviva Premiership at the end of the regular season, Barritt admits that finishing the campaign without a trophy would be a huge disappointment.

"We are desperate to finish the season with a trophy," said Barritt.

"Our focus will switch to Northampton. It is a great opportunity to finish the season with a trophy, and if we can do that, we will look back on this as a very successful season.

"Over the past couple of seasons, a big strength of this team is the way we have bounced back.

"A few words were said in the changing-room afterwards (against Toulon) and the whole squad want to finish this season with a bang.

"There is going to be a huge concerted effort from all the boys to make that happen. This (Heineken Cup defeat) is a hiccup, and we will get back on the horse."

Barritt added that the hurt of coming so close to winning the Heineken Cup would spur his side onwards, along with the belief that Saracens were not too far off the pace.

"A huge amount of effort went into this (European) campaign, and it ended at the final hurdle, so we will have taken time to deal with that and then prepare to fight in the Premiership final," added Barritt.

"I think any time you get to a final, there is more hurt because you were one step closer.

"I don't think we were that far off, it was just minor things in the game - the breakdown being a key aspect and something we will have to rectify in seasons going forward.

"Every time we had a sniff and made good progress, there was a turnover at the breakdown and that thwarted everything we got going. We will have to work on that and be better next time."

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