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Myler: Saints must embrace derby opportunity

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This weekend sees Saints host their great rivals Leicester Tigers at Franklin’s Gardens. If this fixture isn’t big enough already, throw in the fact that both sides are competing with each other to secure the last play off spot in the Aviva Premiership and you have a mouth-watering match to look forward to.

Saints are currently trailing Tigers by just four points with three rounds to go so it’s all up for grabs, and fly half Stephen Myler is fully aware of the significance of Saturday’s much anticipated match.

“There’s obviously a lot riding on the game and it’s a massive occasion when we play Leicester here,” je told SaintsTV. “We're both fighting for the play off spots and it's going to be a huge occasion, which means a lot to both clubs.

“We have to embrace the opportunity that we’ve got and it’s an opportunity to put in a performance that’s worthy of getting us a win and getting us closer to our aims at the end of the season.”

In recent weeks, Saints have suffered on the injury front with a number of key players unavailable, including captain Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood and Lee Dickson.

However, despite the loss of these experienced players, Myler is keen to stress that the young guys coming in are more than deserving of their place in the match day squad, adding: “A lot has been made of the injury situation and the people missing but we’ve got full confidence in the players that are coming in.

“I think you look at last week with Ben Nutley making his first start of the season. He came in and gave an excellent performance; it's not a shock to us. We're going to need those players again this week and we’ve got to put in a squad effort; it's as simple as that.

“There are definitely a lot of positives from last week. It feels almost like one we let slip, particularly after the start we had, and we do have to take confidence from that.”