Alex King has been impressed by the Saints' youngsters, including Tom Stephenson © www.redhatphoto.com
Rugby News King: Squad will be the key to success
Still right in the mix in three competitions, assistant coach Alex King believes that using the squad depth at Franklin’s Gardens wisely will be vital if the Saints are to maintain their current run of form.
Top of the Aviva Premiership and with knockout ties confirmed for both the LV= Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, the Saints couldn’t be better placed and backs guru King has also been pleased by the emergence of some of the club’s Academy backs in recent weeks.
“We’re still fighting on three fronts and with that in mind it’s important to use all of the squad,” he told the official Saints Podcast. “The objective is the same, whether it’s Europe, the LV= Cup or the Premiership – we want to win and we want to be successful. To do that it’s important we use our squad and keep everyone fit and motivated.
“We’re very lucky at the club now that we’ve got a good group of experienced players in the backs alongside a young crop of talent. Will Hooley and Tom Stephenson have come in and done well recently and the likes of Tom Collins earlier in the season did the same.
“You’ve got to pick your times to drop them into a Premiership game but I’ve been really pleased with their contributions and it looks good for the future of the club.”
Last weekend’s Worcester was a 10th in a row for the men in black, green and gold but having seen Newcastle almost pull off an upset at playoff chasing Harlequins last weekend, King remains wary of the test his side will face at Kingston Park.
“They probably felt after the Quins game last weekend that they should have come away with four points and having watched the video I’d probably agree with that.
“They’ve grown as a team throughout this season but we’re in a good place as a team as well. We’ve played pretty well away from home and we want to keep the run going, but it’s not going to be easy.
“It’s going to be a real challenge, so we’re going to need to be spot on if we’re going to have a chance of winning.”
You can hear the full interview in the FREE Saints Podcast, available for download now across all devices by CLICKING HERE! We also hear from England Saints Courtney Lawes and Sam Olver – the latter gearing up for the Under-20’s visit to Franklin’s Gardens, while Academy coach Mark Hopley and skipper Harry Mallinder react to Monday evening’s success in the Academies League.