Ford-Robinson: We're focussed on re-climbing the table
Friday, February 9, 2018
Heading back into the Aviva Premiership tonight, Saints make the trip to Bath hoping to take their recent run of good home form on the road as they look to climb back up the table.
But taking on fifth place Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground, who are unbeaten in their last three outings, is not going to be an easy challenge for the Northampton outfit.
Coming off the back of their recent success in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, though, Jamal Ford-Robinson says the feeling around the Saints' camp is a good one.
"There's a good feeling at the moment," Ford-Robison commented earlier this week.
"Beating Harlequins was a very good result for us; it was another win at home and a good performance in a Cup that we're obviously targeting to get something out of.
"We did go quite strong with our team but I think we needed that. We needed the momentum from that game to carry into the upcoming Premiership games for the whole squad.
"That's where it matters, we want to get further up the table. The fact that we put out a team that is likely to play in those games and came away with a big win is a real positive."
And the 24-year-old prop says that the new-found sense of freedom Saints have shown over the last few weeks actually comes from the team becoming stricter in their processes.
"I don't think freedom has been an out and out point of ours. I think it's more about us getting back into the game and trying to be involved, whether you're holding the width or right next to where the ball is.
"As a result of that it probably leads to players looking like they're playing with more freedom.
"But it's not like we've come into 2018 and said 'let's chuck the ball about', we're sticking to the same things we've done all season but just upping our work rate and upping our game understanding.
"Getting to know each other better on the pitch, too, that's what's lead us to this point."
But Saints have struggled to take their performances on the road, winning just two away games so far this season. Ford-Robinson, though, is confident that if Saints stick to their game plan, the win will come.
"I think we just need to keep sticking to our processes. We've obviously changed a few things with Alan Gaffney coming in and we've got more of a focus on getting back into the game quicker and being involved in every play and that seems to be working.
"We obviously target our home games, that's a given, but it's about taking that away now. When we went up to Sale, it was a close game but we stuck to our processes and got the win in the 83rd minute and we just have to keep replicating that."