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Saints must step up - Burrell

15th April 2014 09:21

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Luther Burrell Northampton Saints Aviva Premiership

Powerhouse: Luther Burrell

England and Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says the Premiership title contenders must step up for their final fixtures.

The Saints remain in second place after their defeat at high-flying Saracens on Sunday, but with rivals Leicester Tigers breathing down their necks, Burrell knows the pressure is on.

"We are title contenders and we've got three games to go now," Burrell told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

"We've got Leicester pushing us and it's about having a solid final six weeks of the season now and pushing on.

"Okay, we've had three defeats on the bounce now, but we're not going to get too carried away with that.

"We've got the players in the dressing room to take apart any team in Europe so it's about getting the game plan right and making sure we can run it at the weekend."

Having missed swathes of February and March on Six Nations duty, Burrell is keen to avoid blaming the numerous Test stars' return to the squad on recent poor results.

"The transition's quite smooth," added Burrell. "I'm quite lucky because I'm surrounded by a group of internationals who have all done it so the advice is there.

"It's just about getting back into the Northampton way as soon as possible.

"I don't think it's been an issue for us and we'll look back at Sunday's game and put things right against Irish."

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