Even though Saints sealed a 22-20 win over Harlequins in the last regular Aviva Premiership game of the season at Franklin’s Gardens yesterday, the side will have to wait until the conclusion of the European Challenge Cup to find out if they have secured the chance to play for European Champions Cup rugby next season through the play-offs.
Saints’ scrum-half Nic Groom said that the side knew there was only one way to secure automatic qualification and are hurting because they did not manage to do that.
“It's quite a strange one,” Groom commented to SaintsTV after the game
“We feel like we've blown it. Regardless of the scoreboard we knew we had a job to do and we didn't do that. So it's not really a victory for us.
“If you take the repercussions of this out of the way, a win against Harlequins, you would take that any day.
“But I think even today though we'd be disappointed by only winning with two points. I think we were a lot better than them.
“We did things on the field that really put us in good positions to score points. It should never have been that close.
“I reckon if we were looking at this game normally we'd be stoked with the win but definitely not happy enough with our performance.
“Let's be honest waiting isn’t ideal for us but like I say we want to be playing on the big stage next year.
“It's what this club stands for, it's what this club's about.
“So if we do get that lifeline there'll be a huge effort from everyone to make sure that we do play in top-flight Europe next year.”