After a tough battle with Saracens at the weekend, Kieran Brookes is looking forward bringing the positives of the first half at Allianz Park as Saints head back to Franklin’s Gardens for back-to-back home games.
The team earned plenty of plaudits for the way it took the game to Saracens on Saturday, putting in a physical performance that had the reigning Aviva Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cup champions rattled for the first hour.
Stephen Myler's four penalties had the Saints in front, but Saracens capitalised on a man advantage to score two tries and take themselves clear.
But with Saints now heading home after two weeks on the road Brookes is positive that the team can rebound against Wasps and Exeter over the next fortnight.
“You’ve got to take the positives from the first 60 and obviously take all the negatives from those last 25 minutes and rectify them and try to take them into next week.” Brookes told SaintsTV after the Saracens game on Saturday.
“We’ve got a lot of things to work on and I think if we can get them right then we can have a good win over Wasps.
“We’ve already started doing the review of Wasps. They’ve got a very dangerous back line and they’ve only got people to add to that really with their injuries coming back and then there’s their big, dominant pack. We’ve got a lot of work to do this week but we’ll train intensely and try to take it to them.
“It’s always nice to play at Franklin’s Gardens. If we start getting on top with that crowd behind us, it’s definitely the sixteenth man. Hopefully we can give them something to cheer about next week."
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