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Dickens pays tribute to crowd support against Bath

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Having built up an 11-point lead, Saints found themselves three points down going into the last 10 minutes after conceding two quick-fire tries.

But the players and fans rallied, turning Franklin's Gardens into a cauldron of noise in which Jamie Elliott scored his second, match-winning try.

"The fans were massive," Dickens commented after the game. "The boys were calm between the posts, and to hear the crowd after the conversion gave them a massive boost.

"It doesn't matter if you're down with 10 minutes to go, right from the first whistle, at any time during the game when the crowd gets behind you it makes a difference to the home team.

"Saturday's game showed this really well, and I'm sure that the fans will take that into next week's game against London Irish, who are a dangerous side.

"We had a good result against Bath, everyone left happy, and we can all now build towards the end of the season."

Dickens paid tribute to the mentality of the squad going into the last 10 minutes, especially the commitment to staying to the game plan which had got the team into the lead earlier on.

"The risk is that the players need to start throwing it about and offloading and forcing things," he added. "The reality is that 10 minutes is a long time in a rugby match and we went through the phases, were accurate in what we did and scored a good try in the corner.

"Jamie Elliott finished his tries well, but he was put in the positions by the lads putting the ball through the hands and getting it in front of him, leaving him to dive and score in the corner."

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As well as the big Aviva Premiership Rugby game between the Saints and Exiles, this coming Saturday will also see the Saints Academy taking on Newcastle in the Premiership Rugby Academies League on the Franklin's Gardens main pitch. Kick off for that game is 5:15pm.