Though the Saints’ Champions Cup hopes are over heading into Saturday’s game with Castres, Christian Day says that home pride and building momentum mean there is no loss of importance for the fixture.
“Any time we play at Franklin’s Gardens it’s a big game for us,” he said on this week’s SaintsTV Show. “It doesn’t matter who’s turning out or who it’s against. Champions Cup, at home – we’re going out to get the win and show some pride in the shirt.”
The game’s significance is echoed in the Saints side named by the coaches, with just three changes being made from the 23 that won against Bristol last Saturday.
Victory at the Gardens would be a fourth on the spin for the men in black, green and gold, but an unpredictable and often brilliant Castres side will certainly keep the hosts honest as they look to boost their own hopes of qualification.
“We’ve picked a strong team for the weekend and are looking to continue on from the last few games. Some good results have given us a bit of confidence going into the weekend for what will be a tough test against Castres.
“It doesn’t matter who Castres pick, they’ve got such a deep squad. It’s going to be a very physical set of forwards with a good set piece and some stars in the backline who we’ll have to marshal very well if we want to keep them out.”