Northampton scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i admits his job has been made a lot easier by his pack's considerable power and strength.
The Samoan international made his first start for the Saints on Friday during the 13-6 victory over Harlequins at the Stoop and revealed his admiration for the side's pack who propelled the visitors to a hard-fought and attritional win.
Fotuali'i is the man tasked with calling the shots behind the scrum after his close-season move from the Ospreys and claimed his duties are made a lot more straightforward by the pack.
"It's exciting, especially when they're going so well. They're always going forward and it makes my job as a scrum-half (easy)," Fotuali'i told the Northampton Chronicle.
"Our job is to boss them around and give quick ball to our backline, especially with the players like Stephen Myler, Luther (Burrell), George North, who is a quality player, and Ben Foden. You've got to get quick ball for them to get opportunities."
The 31-year-old, who has 18 international caps to his name, has added considerable experience to the Saints backline and believes the players lining out on front of him need little motivation or guidance.
"They know their job. The coaching staff have made it really simple for them and they all know what it is," added Fotuali'i.
"I've just got to boss them a bit more, especially when they get tired. We all get tired but it's about outworking teams, especially with our forwards with Samu Manoa, Sam Dickinson, great players.
"As long as we play nice and tight as a team, we should finish teams off."
Northampton travel to Kingsholm on Saturday to face Gloucester, who are currently bottom of the standings without a victory."