Dickson rallies hurting Saints

Date published: December 13 2013

Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson is eager for a positive response from his side when they take on Leinster in Dublin on Saturday.

Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson is keeping a positive mindset ahead of this week's trip to Leinster, despite a dismal showing at Franklin's Gardens.

The home side went down 40-7 on home soil to the Irish heavyweights as the dominant visitors scored six tries in a superb European spectacle.

One positive for Northampton from the result was that the Saints finished well last Saturday and that's given Dickson some hope going to Dublin.

“There's plenty of positives (from last weekend),” Dickson told the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

“We stuck in there, we scored in that last 20 minutes.

“To get nilled at home would have been embarrassing but we stuck in there, scored some points and played a bit in the second half.

“That was the main thing to come out of it: when the chips were down we played some rugby, made some breaks.

“We didn't always score but we had the courage to go wide and throw the ball around. We've got to do that from the start at the weekend.

“We were a bit tight, a bit blocky and against a good teams like that, their defence is always going to be difficult to break down.

“We've got to go there and play some exciting rugby like we have done this season.”

Few expected such a result that occurred at Franklin's Gardens, least of all Dickson, who admits his team face some tough questions that need answering in Ireland on Saturday.

“It was a shock,” he said. “I don't think anyone saw it coming but it happens in professional sport.

“It's how you bounce back. It shows the character of your players and the staff as well.

“You can either go into your shell or you can bring out the character and start fighting for this week. That's what the boys have done.

“We've had some really positive meetings, looked at what went wrong and we've got to nullify it this week.”