Seeing his side through to a season opening day victory over local rivals, Leicester Tigers, by scoring 18 of Saints 41 points in their first Premiership Rugby Academies League game of the season, James Grayson said that a derby day win is always important at whatever level.
“It doesn’t get much better than a win on derby day,” Grayson told SaintsTV after Saints had managed to keep their guests from scoring in the second half to hold onto their victory.
“The lads have been waiting all preseason for this one so they did really well to go out and get five points.
“I think we attacked at the right times, we made sure we exited well and to be fair to the boys out wide there was some good finishing on show today which is pleasing to see.
“We dropped to 14 men for ten minutes which obviously you try not to do but we did well, we got stuck back in and the boys fought hard.”
With the first Academy game coming so late into the regular senior season, Grayson said that while it has been good to learn from the more senior squad members, he was pleased to finally get the Academy campaign underway.
“It’s been good learning off the big lads; there’s some experienced boys in the squad but it’s really good to get underway here with a five-point win and now we’re looking forward to the next one.
“It’s been good and I’ve been on loan at Leicester Lions so that’s been good for me to play 80 minutes every week and the Wanderers rugby has been good fun as well but the Academy is back now so we’re all excited for that.”