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Groom staying grounded as Saints go top of the table

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Taking their fourth straight win and third consecutive try bonus point in yesterday's tussle with Harlequins at the Gardens, Saints currently sit top of the Aviva Premiership table after five rounds.

Yesterday's Man-of-the-Match Nic Groom said that while the side were pleased with the five point win, there will still be plenty of work-ons for the side come Monday morning.

"Overall we're very pleased," Groom told SaintsTV live on Twitter after the game.

"Five points at home and building on what has been a good past few games for us. But come Monday when we look at this game we'll be extremely disappointed with a few things. So it's just about continuing on the journey to get better.

"I think what's most telling for us is that when we do something great on the field, like score a great try, we weren't able to back it up again.

"Often we did something good and then what followed was a real soft moment from us. Just real soft moments that kept Quins in reach throughout the game.

"If we take those away then they're in a position where they're ten points behind and they've got to chase the game. That works in our favour and is a different conversation."

While Saints currently sit top of the league, having won four of their five fixtures so far this season, the side had collected just two wins by this point of the competition last season and Groom says the comparison is a pleasing one for Saints.

"I don't want to compare it to last year but maybe we wouldn't have got the five points last year.

"We're finding ways to get the maximum result which is good. And the big thing for us today was that we didn't let Harlequins get a point, so that was huge for us.

"Who knows going forwards where there might come a point where we need that and it could make a big difference.

"I think we're really feeding off each other at the moment. Our planning in the week is coming off.

"It's little things; we're really buying into our approach and how we want to play and how we're going to break teams down so it's a real commitment to that plan that's coming through in the games.

"There's been some amazing individual efforts, guys bringing out the x-factor: Ace Tuala, Tom Collins, Mikey Haywood. It's going well for us so happy days."

But Groom added that it's important for the side not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to league positions at this point in the season and that the focus now is performing well next weekend at Gloucester, who will surely come out firing after a heavy defeat to Sale Sharks on Friday night.

"What are we now, week five? After week ten you can look at the league and then it won't lie. For us it's less about that position and more about how we want to get better for Gloucester next week. 

"A week is a long time in rugby, a lot can change. We've been in Gloucester's position, look at us against Saracens in week one.

"They'll be licking their wounds definitely but it'll be a massive challenge for us in front of their fans. Obviously it's a new regime for Gloucester with new players, a new coach, they'll be under pressure and be desperate for that win.

"They'll be a dangerous side. A big challenge lies ahead of us next week."


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Rugby

Saints 30-22 Quins - As it happened

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Text updates from Franklin's Gardens on match day

Match

Northampton Saints vs Harlequins

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 30-22 Harlequins

Attendance

12,806

Referee

Luke Pearce

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
30

Summary

Full Time

Harlequins
Harlequins
22

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

14

George North

13

Rob Horne

12

Luther Burrell

9

Nic Groom

3

Kieran Brookes

4

Michael Paterson

7

Jamie Gibson

SubsNorthampton Saints

18

Jamal Ford-Robinson

20

Sam Dickinson

21

Cobus Reinach

22

Stephen Myler

23

Ben Foden

Opposition LineupHarlequins

15
Aaron Morris
14
Marland Yarde
13
Joe Marchant
12
Jamie Roberts
11
Tim Visser
10
Marcus Smith
9
Danny Care
1
Mark Lambert
2
Dave Ward
3
Kyle Sinckler
4
George Merrick
5
Charlie Matthews
6
Ben Glynn
7
Jack Clifford
8
Matt Luamanu

SubsHarlequins

16
Elia Elia
17
Cameron Holenstein
18
Phil Swainston
19
Dino Lamb-Cona
20
Archie White
21
Dave Lewis
22
Tim Swiel
23
Alofa Alofa
Rugby

Saints team for Quins clash

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Northampton Saints team has been announced to play Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon in the Aviva Premiership.

The Saints return home to take on the Londoners looking to build on three successive Aviva Premiership wins and have made a number of changes to the match day 23 from that which beat London Irish last Sunday.

Teimana Harrison and Kieran Brookes come into the starting line-up, while Stephen Myler is named among the replacements after proving his fitness in the Premiership Rugby ‘A’ League win at Worcester on Monday night.

Also on the bench are prop pair Francois van Wyk and Jamal Ford-Robinson, who could make their first team debuts if they see action at any point tomorrow.

Tickets remain available for this game, which is not on live TV. Head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/buytickets to book online, using [email protected] to beat the match day queues!

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LONDON IRISH
Aviva Premiership Round 5
Franklin’s Gardens
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Kick off 3:00pm
15 Ahsee Tuala
14 George North
13 Rob Horne
12 Luther Burrell
11 Tom Collins
10 Harry Mallinder
9 Nic Groom
1 Alex Waller
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Michael Paterson
5 David Ribbans
6 Courtney Lawes (capt)
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison

16 Reece Marshall
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Jamal Ford-Robinson
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Sam Dickinson
21 Cobus Reinach
22 Stephen Myler
23 Ben Foden

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9
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR228014509645-13664805643
11
Harlequins
HarlequinsHAR227015479645-16658795336
Form Guide

Form

LLLLL

Last match

Lost to Harlequins 29-49

Past meeting

Lost 29-49
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
30
Harlequins
Harlequins
22