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Dickinson happy with the win

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Saints held on yesterday despite a late Gloucester comeback to go two from two in the opening rounds of the Anglo-Welsh Cup as Sam Olver kicked 14 of Saints’ 19 points.

Skipper for the night, Sam Dickinson, said that the conditions were tough but Saints controlled the came well to come out on top.

“I think the scoreline makes you think we didn’t have the control we did,” Dickinson told SaintsTV after the game yesterday.

“We did well, we got out in front. It was a niggly night, pretty damp out there with a lot of rain coming down but we played a lot of good territory football in the first half and quite a lot in the second half as well but there were just a few more mistakes and let them in behind.

“We saw last week in the game they played against Sarries, they came back when they were quite a few points behind so we knew that was a threat.

“We could have done a better job of putting them to bed but we’re happy with that win.”

The number eight said that to get the two wins will build momentum that the club can take back into the Aviva Premiership as they return to English rugby as they face Worcester Warriors at Sixways next weekend.

“We talked about momentum, especially playing games at home like this, we want to make sure we’re winning those kind of games.

“The boys went and did a really good jobs up in Newcastle to get a great win up there and they bought some momentum back with them here.

“We’ve got to keep winning and keep the pressure on ourselves. We know there’s a lot of pressure flying around but if we can keep scoring, our defence has been doing really well.

“We can improve some bits and bobs obviously and we’re always looking to improve but I think that was a good sign of things to come hopefully.”

Dickinson says the return top-flight English rugby will provide different obstacles but he hopes Saints can hold onto the energy the younger players have brought over the last two weeks as they provide Jim Mallinder with a few selection headaches.

“It’s different back in the Premiership, it will change a few things.

“But we talked to the young boys during the week to be as eager as they can be to try to put the pressure on the other fellas to put their hands up for selection and I think that a lot of them have done that.

“You’ve seen some of the performances going on out there, they’re playing really well, scoring a lot of points and, like I say, defence has been really good as well.

“So it’ll be a bit of a headache for Jim I think in the selection process.”