After holding off a strong Castres Olympique comeback in the fifth round of the European Champions Cup yesterday, Saints made it four wins in a row in all competitions despite not being able to qualify for the knock out stages in this campaign.
Double try scorer, Teimana Harrison, said that while there was nothing the play for in the competition Saints were determined to continue their recent run of form with a win in front of a home crowd.
“Castres are a really good side,” Harrsion told SaintsTV after yesterday’s game.
“You give them a sniff and they’ll score a couple of tries. They put us under pressure massively in the first twenty of the second half and I think the boys showed good character to come back and hold them out.
“Props to the front row and the back five, they dug in and did what was needed and put Castres under pressure and when we put pressure on teams we look pretty dangerous.
“I think with having Dorian West as our forwards coach, our maul has become a massive part of our game and is something that we’re always working on, always trying to get better at and I think today was a good performance by the forwards.
“We got the maul going forwards and on the back of that we’re getting penalties and getting ourselves on the front foot.
“We spoke about not dropping off. Just because we’d set ourselves the target of three games doesn’t mean that we can drop off.
“Obviously being at home as well we wanted to play well for the supporters; they come to watch us play and when we’re playing good rugby it obviously keeps them happy and keeps camp happy in here, so that’s massive for us.”
Speaking of his own impressive form of late, Harrison said that while he enjoys playing well he feels he has much to improve on.
“It’s getting there,” he commented.
“It’s still not quite where I’d like it to be but I’m definitely taking steps in the right direction. I think just doing a few high balls this week helped, I’ve been working on that. But I’m quite happy with where it’s heading.”
Harrison also commented that while he enjoys the carries he is able to make while in the number eight shirt, that wherever he plays in the back row he tries to learn and improve.
“To be honest I don’t mind. With eight I get to carry and that’s what I like to do but on the flipside seven is where my England ambitions are heading so I get to practice that and work on my defence.”