Saints banking on Tigers win

Date published: February 4 2017

Northampton will have no qualms in cheering on fierce rivals Leicester on Sunday when Saracens host the Tigers in their Anglo-Welsh Cup clash.

That was the word from Saints assistant coach Alan Dickens after his side thumped the Scarlets 50-10 at Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

Northampton kept their chances of reaching the semi-finals alive as they ran in in eight tries against their inexperienced Welsh opponents, with Ben Foden and James Fish both bagging doubles.

For now, Saints are top of Pool One and should the Tigers run out victorious against Sarries at Allianz Park Northampton would join their East Midlands rivals in the semis.

And Dicks admits he has no problem with cheering on the Tigers on Sunday. “It’s what we want isn’t it?” he said.

“We’ve done what we could do and I’ve been asked about how I would reflect on this competition and if we don’t manage to get through then I’d look back to the first half last week at Leicester.

“It was pleasing to score eight tries – four in the first half, four in the second so equally spread.

“While we took some of our chances I’ll be looking at the recording and think we should have had a few more but ball retention, especially in the second half, wasn’t at the level we expect it to be.”