Saracens skipper Brad Barritt labelled his side’s European-domestic double as “special”, after they became only the second English club to lift both the European Cup and English Premiership trophies in the same season twice.
Sarries, who also completed the double in 2016, matched Leicester Tigers’ 2001 and 2002 feats by following their 20-10 win over Leinster Rugby in the Heineken Champions Cup final on May 11 with a 37-34 victory against Exeter Chiefs in the Gallagher Premiership decider on Saturday.
“It has to be special, because getting here is so hard,” Barritt told the Saracens website. “There are probably only four or five guys that have been here since the beginning. We know each opportunity is a new team and it’s a fresh outlook.
“The hunger the guys arrived with at the beginning of the season was to try and do something special.
“We don’t talk about the end goal; we talk about the process of getting there and making sure we squeeze every little bit of life that we can in getting there. This showed what a competitive and resilient team we are.”
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Just as in the European final, when Saracens had to fight back to lift the trophy, they were forced to show that resilience at Twickenham, when they trailed 27-16.
Barritt said: “In the second half we went 11 points down and it was choice of whether to sink or come out fighting. It’s a credit to everyone on the field to dig deep and find another level.”
Fellow centre Alex Lozowski warned that Saracens would be seeking improvement on their 2018/19 performances ahead of the 2019/20 season, despite their double.
“We are not the finished article,” he told Saracens’ website. “We have all got to have a look at that [Saturday’s] game and how we can be better.
“We want to come back better next season, because we know that everyone else will be doing the same.”