Courtney Lawes: ‘At the end of the game I was actually pretty p****d off’

Jared Wright
Courtney Lawes after the 2024 Premiership final victory over Bath.

Courtney Lawes after the 2024 Premiership final victory over Bath.

Northampton Saints great Courtney Lawes was not pleased by his side’s performance in the Premiership final despite emerging victorious.

Saints clinched a 25-21 victory over Bath but they needed a late try from Alex Mitchell to seal the win, despite playing most of the match against 14 men following Beno Obano’s red card.

Lawes pleased with the title, not the performance

Club legend Lawes played his final game for Saints ahead of his move to Pro D2 outfit Brive and while he wasn’t overly pleased with the performance, he insisted that Northampton are worthy champions.

“I couldn’t believe we had actually won it because we tried so hard to lose,” he said.

“At the end of the game I was actually pretty p****d off. Slowly it has kind of settled in. We did what we needed to. We got across the finish line and that’s what rugby is.

“Sometimes it doesn’t look pretty and it certainly didn’t today, but we won and that’s what matters. I think we’ve deserved it throughout the season.”

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Post-match attire

Clearly eager to get stuck into the celebrations, Lawes arrived at the post-match press conference shirtless with his ski goggles as he completed his 17-year association at Northampton in style.

“It will take a bit of time to set in. You always focus on the next thing in rugby because the next job is always so important,” the 35-year-old said.

“There are a lot of things I will never do again at the Saints, but I owe the club so much. It won’t be the last time I contribute something to the club.

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“I’m just really happy to have been able to deliver what the club deserves, really.”

Lawes featured in his 283rd appearance for Saints in the final and was involved in both of their Premiership title winning season.

He bows out as one of Saints’ greatest-ever players and departs the side along with fellow club legends Ethan and Alex Waller, Lewis Ludlam and Alex Moon.

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