Saints may have gone in three tries to the good against London Welsh, setting up the platform for an eventual seven-try bonus point win, but Nutley told SaintsTV after the game that the players had been far from satisfied.
“We went in 19-nil up but were disappointed in ourselves,” he said. “It just wasn’t coming for us. The driving maul is a big weapon for us and we used that well to get a few tries, and to go in with a ‘nil’ when they had had so much attacking ball was a positive.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t keep them to zero for the whole game. But five points is five points, it’s another game out of the way and we’re top of the league.”
However Saints turned on the style after the break, scoring four more memorable tries, including one for Nutley himself, who was on the end of an inside ball from Jamie Elliott as the visitors worked a neat blindside move.
The five points that Saints took home from Oxford put the team back on top of the Aviva Premiership table, and while Nutley says that there will be expectation among the team’s supporters ahead of the back-to-back European Rugby Champions Cup games against Treviso there will be no complacency in the squad.
“We go away in Europe next week, and like this week people will be looking for us to get five points like this week,” he added. “But every away game in Europe is tough, so we’ve got to go over there and be ruthless, making sure we get the four points first and foremost.”
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