West hails Saints scrum

Date published: November 28 2015

Northampton forwards coach Dorian West believes his pack got the job done as they beat Gloucester 15-3 in their Premiership clash on Friday.

With no tries scored on the night in a poor game, the scrum was a key area of battle at Franklin's Gardens as the Saints claimed victory.

It was a win that lifted them up the table after three defeats in their opening four games and West was pleased with how his scrum fared.

"Some of the games we looked at with Gloucester they've gone pretty well in the scrum so we knew it was going to be a tough contest," he told Premiership Rugby.

"With the techniques we've talked about during the week though, we thought we'd have a good chance – and it worked out that way.

"Last week away from home (against Glasgow Warriors) you need a good set-piece to win games at quality sides, and it proved like that. Conditions were shocking tonight so you're not going to play any rugby.

"We've got lads in the team who want to play rugby, we're pretty positive without our outlook in the game, but sometimes you've got to bite the bullet when it's not the right conditions.

"I thought we tried a little bit too hard on occasions and we could have perhaps put them under a bit more pressure."