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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Schalk Brits great try for Saracens against Wasps

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.

Time: 0:55



  • unbelievable sidestep from a hooker!

    By Blogger Oli, at December 03, 2009 12:33 am  

  • I always wondered why schalk britz didnt get the chance to paly for the springbocks.

    He is by far the fastest and most agile hoocker Ive seen

    Muerte al cabe

    By Anonymous Ricky G, at December 03, 2009 12:38 am  

  • Haha the best players in the guinness premiership are not even english, and the top team has the least amount of english players!!
    Top try scorer Sailosi Tagicakibau is Samoan!!
    English club rugby is laughable.

    By Anonymous Jamestheconvict, at December 03, 2009 2:14 am  

  • haha mr. twinkle toes, good lord!

    By Anonymous VictorSoCalRuggger, at December 03, 2009 3:02 am  

  • Brits seems to impress the less knowledgeable fans with his fancy foot work and what not. He played for the Springboks in a couple of tests, and he weakened our line out and scrums.

    By Anonymous Keohan, at December 03, 2009 4:02 am  

  • Amazing! Step, fend and pace.... Very classy play, even more amazing he is a hooker!

    Was he ever a springbok??

    By Anonymous nicko, at December 03, 2009 4:12 am  

  • I retract my question about him playing for the bok.

    By Anonymous nicko, at December 03, 2009 4:14 am  

  • that is a good try

    but for the springboks he's to light

    By Anonymous Cheis, at December 03, 2009 5:21 am  

  • 'undeserving BLACK players'

    WTF do you mean by that?
    keep hiding your face mr anonymous

    if you remove his comment, please remove mine as well.

    By Anonymous Stubby, at December 03, 2009 6:34 am  

  • Stubby

    Undeserving black players = Quota players selected to please the politicians in SA. Get off your high horse and come down to reality.

    By Anonymous Wycliff JEAN, at December 03, 2009 8:34 am  

  • Jamestheconvict,
    I think you should just take a look at Saracens website, and records and then re-think your accusation of having the lowest amount of english players.

    We have almost 20 english players in a squad of just over 40. We also have the best up and coming academy players/ young players in the premiership. Owen Farrel, Noah Cato, Jake Sharp, Andy Saull, Alex Goode.

    Im guessing you are from the southern hemisphere?
    Well both leicester and saracens beat South Africa, aswell as this i think we can truly say that overall the Northern hemisphere teams beat the the Southern teams in this years tests.

    Oh and by the way I recall

    By Anonymous Lucas, at December 03, 2009 10:08 am  

  • interesting article about how boring rugby is to watch at the moment and the stupid laws that people keep changing.


    By Anonymous Andy, at December 03, 2009 11:05 am  

  • Keohan, enjoying his incredible skill doesn't make fans less knowledgeable mate. This was an awesome try. The great thing about him is that he manages to be a hooker at a top level of rugby, yet still have the skills etc of a back.

    But yes, he obviously isn't bulky enough to play hooker at international level, unfortunately. You can't compare him to Smit or Bismark in that regard.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at December 03, 2009 12:08 pm  

  • We can't even beat Scotland who have 9 registered professional players :(

    By Anonymous Jamestheconvict, at December 03, 2009 12:58 pm  

  • Stealing my name in a futile attempt to fight back.
    You can say what you want but the SH players in the guinness premiership are better than the english.
    1st-Saracens (Least amount of english players)
    2nd-London Irish (Similar to saracens)

    Bottom are Bath, leeds and gloucester, probably the teams with the most english players.
    You cant argue with facts gentlemen.
    English rugby is pathetic.

    By Anonymous Jamestheconvict, at December 03, 2009 4:37 pm  

  • Chip - Shoulder

    By Anonymous t0m0, at December 03, 2009 5:02 pm  

  • Funny to see the Klipdrift ad displayed so prominently at an English rugby ground.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at December 03, 2009 5:45 pm  

  • Part of the discussion around Brits is how great he moves for a hooker.

    Problem is that his style of play is more like that of a short flanker.

    I think a fairer comparison would be to Brussow.

    Yes, he's got nice hands and moves, but if he was carrying 10-15 kgs of scrummaging weight, it would be that much more impressive.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at December 03, 2009 5:49 pm  

  • Lol, dont worry kids, jamestheconvict's comments really cant be taken seriously. remember he was the one spouting how ireland are crap and they are the 6N best team and they lost to the 3N wooden spoon.....then a week later the scotland game comes along....

    really james is a tool!

    and despite all of the above in my comment he has no fact on which he bases his comments! :)

    sorry james, you lose!

    By Anonymous No.7, at December 03, 2009 6:11 pm  

  • I must admit i do talk some nonsense sometimes. I just have this inferioirity complex because my country is insignificant and has no history so i use rugby which is the one thing we're good at to have a go at the british.

    By Anonymous Jamestheconvict, at December 03, 2009 6:18 pm  

  • hmm i imagine someone below me pinched james...name....

    honestly dont do this, the guy is a knob but to then use his name and just insult an entire country is pointless!

    I personally like australia i think its a pretty awesome place....james isnt really a true representatie of aussies so pay no attention...

    also really what does history have to do with anything on this thread.....unless we're talking about rugby related history the answer is nothing. and i think anyone with half a brain australia in its short life span being populated by white guys (remember aborigines sp? were there before!) actually had a hell of a lot of history.

    also the actual country itself has a lot less problems than britain does....but like i said this is rugby!

    By Anonymous No.7, at December 03, 2009 8:34 pm  

  • Yeah, us South Africans know how to play rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 03, 2009 10:17 pm  

  • Springboks were competing in the best non-international tournament only a couple of weeks before the meaningless end of year tour. Currie Cup was extremely intense this year and not dissimilar to a test match. This resulted in injured and most of the players, who played, were far from 100 percent. If the Springboks were at their best, the overrated French and Irish would have been thrashed. But this is good though, Ireland and France now have a false sense of security and the World Cup is just around the corner. I'm sure "BOD", who'll be in his mid 30s in '11, will lead his team to the final! (lol, no not really)

    By Anonymous Natalianation, at December 03, 2009 10:30 pm  

  • This is a post about a nice try by Schalk Brits. Lets try keep it on that topic please?

    If you'd like to discuss other stuff, and debate/argue reasons for teams success or undoing, feel free to join us on the forum

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at December 03, 2009 11:39 pm  

  • Greiffel thinks he's the admin, lol.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2009 1:37 pm  

  • im pretty sure grieffel is the admin.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 04, 2009 6:06 pm  

  • Greiffel is the owner kids.

    By Anonymous Shaft, at December 13, 2009 10:30 pm  

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