Going into the fourth and final pool stage round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup this Friday night, Saints need to secure a win over their guests Scarlets to be in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Paul Diggin said that while last week’s tough loss at Welford Road proved a frustrating one for the whole team, Saints have been working hard to turn the negatives of last weekend into positives as they return to Franklin’s Gardens on Friday.
“I think frustration is a good word to describe last weekend,” Diggin commented on this week’s SaintsTV Show.
“We didn’t really have a lot of the ball for about 60 minutes but the 20 minutes we did have it we did some good things with it. Like I said though, it’s always frustrating to Tigers and come second again.
“We haven’t changed too much to be honest, we’ve been preparing the same way that we normally would.
“The guys have done their analysis and had a few meetings with it being the short turnaround to a Friday night game but we’ve had two really good rugby sessions as well. The forwards have worked hard on the scrum and maul here and we’ve also been over to Northampton School for Boys where we had another very good training session. The boys are looking sharp.
“I don’t want to give too much away but like I said we’ve had a look at Scarlets. We want to play quick rugby, we want to play fast, that’s how we like to do things.
“We want to get our forwards into the game early, get our set piece in where we’re strong, impose ourselves through the scrum and lineouts and then hopefully once the forwards have got us on the front foot then our backs can work out if we’re going to go up the guts or go round the corner.”
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