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Groom staying grounded as Saints go top of the table

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Taking their fourth straight win and third consecutive try bonus point in yesterday's tussle with Harlequins at the Gardens, Saints currently sit top of the Aviva Premiership table after five rounds.

Yesterday's Man-of-the-Match Nic Groom said that while the side were pleased with the five point win, there will still be plenty of work-ons for the side come Monday morning.

"Overall we're very pleased," Groom told SaintsTV live on Twitter after the game.

"Five points at home and building on what has been a good past few games for us. But come Monday when we look at this game we'll be extremely disappointed with a few things. So it's just about continuing on the journey to get better.

"I think what's most telling for us is that when we do something great on the field, like score a great try, we weren't able to back it up again.

"Often we did something good and then what followed was a real soft moment from us. Just real soft moments that kept Quins in reach throughout the game.

"If we take those away then they're in a position where they're ten points behind and they've got to chase the game. That works in our favour and is a different conversation."

While Saints currently sit top of the league, having won four of their five fixtures so far this season, the side had collected just two wins by this point of the competition last season and Groom says the comparison is a pleasing one for Saints.

"I don't want to compare it to last year but maybe we wouldn't have got the five points last year.

"We're finding ways to get the maximum result which is good. And the big thing for us today was that we didn't let Harlequins get a point, so that was huge for us.

"Who knows going forwards where there might come a point where we need that and it could make a big difference.

"I think we're really feeding off each other at the moment. Our planning in the week is coming off.

"It's little things; we're really buying into our approach and how we want to play and how we're going to break teams down so it's a real commitment to that plan that's coming through in the games.

"There's been some amazing individual efforts, guys bringing out the x-factor: Ace Tuala, Tom Collins, Mikey Haywood. It's going well for us so happy days."

But Groom added that it's important for the side not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to league positions at this point in the season and that the focus now is performing well next weekend at Gloucester, who will surely come out firing after a heavy defeat to Sale Sharks on Friday night.

"What are we now, week five? After week ten you can look at the league and then it won't lie. For us it's less about that position and more about how we want to get better for Gloucester next week. 

"A week is a long time in rugby, a lot can change. We've been in Gloucester's position, look at us against Saracens in week one.

"They'll be licking their wounds definitely but it'll be a massive challenge for us in front of their fans. Obviously it's a new regime for Gloucester with new players, a new coach, they'll be under pressure and be desperate for that win.

"They'll be a dangerous side. A big challenge lies ahead of us next week."


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