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SAINTS 38 WORCESTER 18 Collins hails collective effort

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Tom Collins says that the bonus point win over Worcester rewarded the collective effort of the Saints squad.

The winger headed home with the Travis Perkins man of the match bubbly after an impressive performance capped by three tries. But while he received the individual accolades Collins was quick to pay tribute to the attitude of the entire squad.

“It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks since the Glasgow game and fighting to get back into the team, and I was buzzing when I got the call-up this week,” he told SaintsTV. “I loved it today and getting the ball into my hands.

“We like to mix our game. We had some coming from the maul, some coming out wide, forwards stepping up, and it shows the mixture of tries that we’re scoring. The collective team effort we’ve got out there is really good.”

Collins’s third try in particular helped break the strong resistance shown by the Warriors, who were leading at half-time and then again as the hour approached. Indeed Worcester’s first half tries had set nerves fluttering at Franklin’s Gardens which were only settled as Lee Dickson and Collins crossed in quick succession to add to a first half Harry Mallinder effort and George Pisi’s late score.

“It was a close game and was always going to be,” Collins added. “Victor [Matfield] said this week about how competitive the Premiership is this season and it shows with teams like Worcester coming through.

“It makes it a tough game, but it was good to get out there and the boys did well to persist and come forward, and we did well to come away with the win.”