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Waller urges Saints to bounce back

18th March 2014 08:32

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Alex Waller Northampton Saints AVP 2014

Alex Waller: Wants to move on

Northampton prop Alex Waller has urged his team-mates to put their 15-8 LV= Cup final defeat to Exeter at Sandy Park behind them.

It was the Saints' fourth loss in a final in as many years and they are still chasing silverware in the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup tournaments.

Waller urged his team-mates to bounce back and not to let their loss in the LV= Cup final define their season.

"We've just got to take it as it comes," he told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

"Exeter played some fantastic rugby and they won the trophy fair and square.

"It hurts the boys and it hurts me to do this interview after losing, but we can't let it define our season. We have to learn from this and move on."

Northampton's loss to Exeter ended their 13-match winning streak and Waller believes they paid the price for a below-par performance.

"The lads are disappointed but if we take a hard, honest look at ourselves we just didn't turn up as we should have done," he said.

"I can't question the commitment from the lads, I just don't think that accuracy was there for us.

"Credit to Exeter, they did play some very good rugby and we did struggle to defend against it.

"Not taking anything away from them, but I don't think we were at our best."

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