Barritt relishing challenge

Saracens centre ready for return to Aviva Premiership action

Last Updated: 23/03/12 11:24am

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Brad Barritt: Raring to go ahead of Friday night's clash with Sale at Edgeley Park

Brad Barritt: Raring to go ahead of Friday night's clash with Sale at Edgeley Park

Brad Barritt is looking forward to making his return to Aviva Premiership action when Saracens take on Sale on Friday night.

The 25-year-old centre is back to the bread and butter of league action after playing a starring role in England's 30-9 demolition of Ireland last weekend.

Sarries claimed victory last time out against Northampton but, in the absence of Barritt and fellow England stars Owen Farrell, Mouritz Botha and David Strettle, they had lost their previous two matches.

Heading into Friday's Edgeley Park clash, the defending champions sit second in the table, four points behind leaders Harlequins, and South Africa-born Barritt is not underestimating the threat the Sharks pose.

"It will be a really tough match against Sale, they are a great side, especially at home. We have a big challenge ahead of us, reintegrating players into the team."
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He said: "It's not difficult to come straight back into Premiership action. Obviously I'm as committed for Sarries as I am for England.

"Sarries has been my home for four years and it's a huge honour to play for them.

Tough match

"It will be a really tough match against Sale, they are a great side, especially at home. We have a big challenge ahead of us, reintegrating players into the team.

"Obviously the team hasn't played for two weeks so it's vital that we get our processes correct and we are focused on the game from the start.

"Sale are a great team across the board. They do like to play with the ball and they like to play an off-loading game so we need to nullify their strengths and really be clinical when we get our chances.

"We're under no illusions that it will be a really tough game."

Barritt says Saracens are hungry for success as they seek to secure back-to-back Premiership crowns at Twickenham on May 26.

"As a team we don't want to be a flash in the pan. We were very disappointed two years ago when we lost to Leicester in the final and we came back even hungrier last year," he added.

"The exciting thing is that this year the guys are so hungry to push for that title and to retain the title - you have to have that hunger first and foremost."

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