European rugby is back on the cards for Saints this Thursday © Getty images
Rugby News Dickson relishing knockout rugby
With a home Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final on the line, Lee Dickson says the Saints are keen to put the last few weeks behind them and re-ignite their quest for silverware on Thursday evening.
The Saints narrowly missed out on the last eight of the Heineken Cup, finishing as ninth seeds after four wins from six in the ‘Pool of death’. That said, the Amlin Challenge Cup is still up for grabs – something the scrum-half believes will lift the squad after a difficult few weeks.
“We’ve got to put last week to bed and move one, because we’ve got another big game this week,” Dickson told SaintsTV. “Everyone wants to be involved in the big knockout games and this Thursday is going to be important.
“It would mean loads to us to win a trophy. This year we got to the LV= Cup final but unfortunately that went in Exeter’s favour. We want to win trophies as players – that’s why we are at Northampton – and nothing has changed heading into this week’s game.”
Standing in their way of a Gardens semi against either Stade Francais or Harlequins are a Sale Sharks side that kept the Saints at bay less than a fortnight ago and Dickson is under no illusions as to the challenge faced against one of English rugby’s form sides.
“Now we go up to Sale which we know will be tough. They’re very, very good in defence and pride themselves on that. They’re a solid team and the way they’ve turned things around from last year – you have to respect that.
“They are very competitive at the breakdown and like to use the choke tackle too, so what we have to do is try and take their strengths and turn them into our own.”
Tickets are still available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final, which kicks off at 8pm, direct from the Sharks’ online box office HERE. The game is also being shown on Sky Sports, while www.saintslive.co.uk will have the usual text commentary live from AJ Bell Stadium.