After a disappointing loss to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in the third round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Saints will need to beat Scarlets at Franklin’s Gardens next Friday night to be in with a chance of progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition this year.
Skipper for the day and double Saints centurion, Christian Day said that the side were disappointed to have not performed well at Welford Road but remain positive about their chances of progression.
“I am frustrated at our performance,” Day told SaintsTV after yesterday’s game.
“But in that second half we had a very positive twenty minutes to pull ourselves back into it and get the losing bonus point which might prove crucial.
“I think we were in the game at half time. We definitely performed pretty poorly in that first half and that was disappointing for us.
“We gave Leicester the ball a few times in that first half and came on the wrong side of the scoreline because of it.
“I think if we can beat Scarlets next Friday that still puts us in a positive position going forwards. Today has probably dented our chances of getting a home semi-final which we would have been looking for.”
Speaking about making his 200th appearance in a Saints shirt, Day praised the club but said that while landmarks are special, yesterday’s game was just like any other for him and the attention must turn to the young stars breaking through into the senior side.
“I’m very proud to have played 200 games for Northampton Saints. This club has done a lot for me and my life but ultimately as a professional I’ve played over 300 games now and you’ve just got to treat every one like any other and try to do your job on the pitch.
“I think the year the team came up from Division One when Jim and Dorian rebuilt with a very young squad and you’ve got a lot of guys who joined the club at 24, 25 years old and those guys have matured over the years and you’ve seen that retention of players and a lot of caps being earned.
“But those players are coming to the end of their careers now and we need to start looking to the Lewis Ludlams and the James Fishs who came on today and were superb.
“They’re the future of Northampton Saints and I hope they go on and get a 100 of their own and keep up the good tradition.”