Following Saints last outing in the Aviva Premiership and the tough loss they endured to local rivals Leicester Tigers, losing out to a last minute penalty, the men in black, green and gold travel to Wasps tomorrow hoping to right the wrongs of last weekend against the current league leaders.
Teimana Harrison says that while Wasps also experienced a difficult defeat, against Leinster in last weekend’s European Champions Cup quarter-final, they will be dangerous and their threats are something that Saints must be hyper-aware of.
“They will be fired up after the loss to Leinster,” Harrison told PremiershipRugby.com.
“They want to stay top and it is another Midlands battle so it should be a good game,” he said.
“No matter what the game is they will be pumped up, especially with this being a good rivalry. They are aiming to get a home semi-final so it will be a massive game for both of us because we are fighting to stay in the top six.
“The top four is not far away and I think if we win all of our games we have a good chance of making it. Our main goal is to stay in the Champions Cup.
“We want to be up there with the big boys so a top-six finish is crucial. We want to get out there and win games. We have come close recently but have let it slipped too often.”
While Saints currently occupy seventh place in the Aviva Premiership table, they lie just three points behind fifth place Bath and six points behind fourth place Leicester Tigers.
Harrison said that while Saints’ season has not been what they had hoped, they have not been far away from an impressive winning performance in the last few weeks.
“We just need to fix a few minor defensive errors and we should be ready to rock. A few defensive errors are in our system so we need to get rid of them.
“We can’t get too carried away and we need to stay connected. It is all about small stuff like that. This late in the season, there are not many big things you can change – it is all small improvements.”
Speaking about the fierce competition for a spot in the back row at the Saints currently, Harrison noted that everyone is hungry to prove themselves and learn from each other.
“You have got four international players fighting in that back row. And then the younger guys are pushing through and they are hungry, they want to prove a point,” he said.
“They are amazing so anybody could play. It is good competition so everyone is pushing hard and trying to make the team better.
“Everyone is always improving. You pick up small bits from training from the quality there. For myself, just playing with Louis and watching him play you always get a few good tips, so I am progressing my game.
“He is a really nice guy, putting his hand up and making an effort on and off the pitch. You can see the impact he has made; he is just a monster.”