Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Saracens made it eight wins in a row when they beat Wasps 22-6 a couple of weeks back in the Guinness Premiership. There was plenty of kicking, but an outstanding try was scored by the hooker, Schalk Brits.
Brits made a name for himself in South Africa, first with the Lions and later with Western Province and the Stormers, in the Currie Cup and Super 14 respectively.
Brits is well known for his explosive pace, stepping, and great hands that set him apart from other hookers out there. He has the skills and speed of a back but still does the hard graft up front, although you can often find him hanging out in the backline, and has played number eight on a few occasions.
A quality player with a great attitude towards the game, Brits is making a name for himself at Saracens as he lights up the turf whenever he gets the opportunity. His different approach to the game and the impact he makes have already made him a hit with the fans.
"I wouldn't say I'm a fans' favourite but I just try to enjoy my game and that's what it's all about. With the team winning it makes it so much easier but you have to enjoy your rugby," says Brits.
While he threatened to move abroad a few years ago when coach Jake White refused to pick him, despite being the form hooker in South Africa, Brits was capped three times since, but has now made the move for a different challenge.
"I'm loving it," he admits. "I've loved it since the first day I arrived. It's been all good and I'm enjoying my time in London. It's easy to perform in a side like this. They play great rugger and that makes it much easier. It was a tough pre-season and it was hard work and eventually it's paid off."
This try has a bit of everything as the powerful Saracens driving maul sets the platform for Brits to launch off the back and step a few players, before gassing his way to the tryline for a great hookers try.