- England keen to build on Fiji win says Brad Barritt
- Saracens centre feels his game is developing under Lancaster
England may have beaten Fiji 54-12 last weekend but Brad Barritt says that the team needs to work on its execution this week if they are to overturn Australia on Saturday.
The Saracens regular made his eighth appearance for England last Saturday and has been the inside centre of choice for Stuart Lancaster in seven of his nine Tests at the helm, building a strong partnership with Leicester Tigers powerhouse Manusamoa Tuilagi.
This developing partnership was effective both in attack and defence against the Pacific Islanders. The 26-year-old Barritt was able to deliver the final pass to set up Tuilagi’s second try and the duo were tight in defence against Premiership centres Vereneki Goneva (Leicester Tigers) and Sireli Naqelevuki (Exeter Chiefs).
Despite England’s seven try haul though, Barritt says that the team needs to work on its play in the opposition 22 against Australia after "leaving a number of tries out there" last Saturday.
“We were really pleased with the intent we showed,” said Barritt. “The team showed a willingness to play from all corners of the park but we definitely need to work on our execution. We left a number of tries out there and the team will just look to improve this week ahead of Australia.
“It was a very pleasing start though and we executed a lot of what we wanted to do. Subtle lines and work off the ball was pleasing but we know there is plenty more to come and know our execution can definitely get better.”
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Barritt’s started all five games in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations before touring South Africa during the summer and leads England's defence from No.12.
“I have to have a key understanding on how another team attacks. Setting the width and spacing from the ruck is a key role as well as making sure the connections between player to player in defence are always in line and that we watch the ball.
"When you are making a hit it needs to be an offensive hit and powering through the player and making sure whenever you are without the ball you are trying to get the ball back as quick as possible.”
It is in attack though that the Saracens man believes he is making improvements and says the Fiji game showed this.
“I was really pleased with how it went,” said Barritt. “I showed different aspects to the game with carrying, distributing and running lines off the ball which is what we have been working really hard on – but there is always room for improvement.”