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Dickson: Discipline almost killed us

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A relieved Lee Dickson says that while the Saints will take the points and run, they’ve got a lot of work to do following Sunday’s Champions Cup win over Glasgow.

All of the Saints’ points came through tries and while they also managed to keep their whitewash comfortably intact, the concession of seven kickable penalties almost negated that good work.

“I think we started the game really well,” the skipper told SaintsTV. “The first 10 minutes we put them under a bit of pressure, made good use of our driving maul and Tei comes off the back of it and scores.

“We allowed our discipline to slip after that though, which isn’t good enough. Defensively we were good, but all of Glasgow’s scores came through penalties. We know that at the top level, when you’ve got world class kickers, you’re going to get punished

“We have to take a real look at our discipline – if we don’t it could get us into real trouble.”

If the Saints can get the win they need in Llanelli next Saturday evening, defeat for one of Ospreys, Toulon, Wasps, Stade Francais or Clermont will see them through to the quarter finals – so long as they match Ulster in terms of bonus points.

CHAMPIONS CUP AS IT STANDS
1 Saracens (24pts) (Q)
2 Tigers (23pts) (Q)
3 Racing 92 (22pts) (Q)
4 Ospreys (16pts)
5 Toulon (16pts)
6 Wasps (15pts)
7 Stade Francais (14pts)
8 Clermont (14pts)
9 Saints (14pts)
10 Ulster (13pts)
11 Exeter (11pts)
12 Bordeaux (11pts)

(Q) home quarter final / (q) qualified