Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Six Nations

Barritt glad to be 'pillar of strength'



Brad Barritt may not be a fans' favourite but so long as he has the respect of his teammates England's midfield defensive anchorman is perfectly happy to keep adding to his tackle count.

All great rugby teams feature a balance of skills and defence has become a key component of the modern game.

It may not win man-of-the-match awards but such is the importance of the 26-year-old South Africa-born Saracens centre to Stuart Lancaster's set-up the England head coach has so far resisted the temptation to start with the more seemingly attack-minded midfield duo of Billy Twelvetrees and Manu Tuilagi.

Barritt surprised his critics by scoring a well-taken try during England's shock 38-21 win against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham in November.

He has since helped the team to the top of the Six Nations table by featuring in victories over Scotland and Ireland.

Much will be expected of England's midfield rock should a France side bidding, astonishingly, for a first win this Six Nations opt for the centre pairing of Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud at Twickenham on Saturday.

"Everyone enjoys a fast attacking game but you can also enjoy grinding out a win and being a pillar of strength – defend and lead from the front," Barritt said on Wednesday.

"I like to think I'm adaptable and can play what's in front of me.

"As long as you have the respect of the team you are in and the people you play for, that is what matters.

"It may take longer for others to see it but you need to be true to yourself and keep working because, eventually, people will see it.

"You just have to ensure you are doing your best for the side every day. I am very satisfied so far."

In Dublin, Barritt helped neutralise the threat of Ireland's vastly experienced midfield duo of Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy.

At more than 18 stone in weight, Bastareaud is far more of a physical handful than the Irish pair.

"He is a big physical presence but size isn't everything in rugby," Barritt said. "If we get our line speed right the biggest guys can fall just as hard.

"That is something we work hard on as a team, getting our line speed right and not allowing teams to get any momentum.

"The way we applied pressure on the Irish and intensity in the kick chase were monumental to our success in Dublin.

"We are confident because of what we have done – but we are aware we need to improve because we expect a resurgent France team at Twickenham."

Both England and France are due to name their sides on Thursday.

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

The Best Football Funnies Ever I - Iv - Ep 3
Gymnastics - Artistic: Men's/women's Team Final And Individual Qualification Session 1
Netball - Northern Ireland v Saint Lucia
Shooting - Small Bore - 50m Pistol Men's Final

Sports Talk



Gavin Rich
A flawed plan
A third-place finish, a semifinal exit and the South African conference title may, to some, be fair...

Brendan Venter
A clash of contrasts
Prior to our 1995 World Cup-winning campaign, the late Kitch Christie told us during one particular...

Tony Johnson
Sharks still have reason to be optimistic
After last week's stats-laden dispatch, I thought I might start this week by lobbing a few more at...

Brenden Nel
It will be worse before it gets better
Nick Mallett was on point on Saturday night after the brutal Stormers-Sharks game when he laid it...

Super Wrap
It's a Wrap, and a Super one at that
Only one side in a six-team playoff series and the rest of our teams comfortably in the bottom half...