Saints under no illusions – Burrell

Date published: September 9 2014

Despite their fine start against Gloucester, Northampton's Luther Burrell is not expecting his side to roll over everyone this season.

Despite their fine start against Gloucester, Northampton centre Luther Burrell is not expecting the Saints to roll over everyone in their path this season.

A George North hat-trick stole the headlines at Franklin's Gardens but Burrell – no stranger to the tryline himself – grabbed a pair of scores in the 53-6 win against Gloucester Rugby.

A new-look Cherry and Whites were unable contain the Aviva Premiership champions, who collected eight tries in total in their first Premiership game since beating Saracens at Twickenham in May.

Next up is a trip to Wasps, who ran Sarries very close at the London Double Header last weekend, at Adams Park on Sunday.

With a fit-again Christian Wade on the wing, Wasps have an added cutting edge but England centre Burrell also expects them to be tough to break down.

“If we went into every game thinking we were going to get scores like this then it's very easy to get carried away and get caught on the back foot,” he told Northampton Saints' official website.

“Wasps are a very dangerous side. They've recruited very well in the summer and have one of the most dangerous back lines out there.

“We're under no illusions that it's going to be a tough team.”

However, that hesitancy does not detract from what was an exhibition in fast-flowing rugby under the Friday night lights.

“It was a fantastic effort,” he added.

“The boys really dug in, which is testament to the hard work put in by the conditioning staff.

“We are a very cohesive unit. We demand high standards of each other, and know each other really well.

“We looked fit and fast, and to do that in the first game of the season – in front of a home crowd of 13,500 – is fantastic and a great way to start the season.”