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SAINTS 52 WASPS 30 Record-breaking Myler concentrating on team effort

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Myler went into the Round 18 clash sitting 16 points behind Paul Grayson in the record books, and when he converted Ahsee Tuala’s first try late on in front of a packed Franklin’s Gardens crowd it took his personal tally for the game to 17, and his total for the club to 1,239.


It is the latest achievement in a season which has also seen him pass the 2,000-point mark in black, green and gold, but Myler was only concentrating on the contribution he can make to a team effort.


“I wasn’t aware of the record before the game, and obviously it’s a nice achievement for myself,” he told SaintsTV. “But the most important thing is that I can knock the goals over during the game, whether to keep us in touch or at arm’s length when we go in front, so I’m pleased I could contribute from the tee.


“But it’s my job, and hopefully I can score a few more in my time here.”


While Saints would eventually cross the whitewash seven times in passing the half-century against a team that is challenging hard for a place in the top four, it took until the final 10 minutes for them to shake off a Wasps outfit that stayed in touch despite losing Nathan Hughes to a red card a few minutes before half-time.


It was also the first match since the end of the Six Nations, and a stark contrast to 12 months ago, when the team lost away to Sale at the same stage of the season.


And Myler said that while it was a positive to have the internationals back in the squad there was also plenty to work on in the build-up to the European Champions Cup quarter final trip to Clermont Auvergne.


“It takes time to gel when the lads come back in,” he said. “There’s a lot of energy around the camp and everyone’s keen, and tonight we were perhaps a bit over-keen at times, especially at the start of the second half.


“Next week we can’t afford to make errors like that because we’ll be punished for it.


“Those are the things we need to look at this week, the things we can control. Whether it’s our discipline, our over-keenness to be in breakdowns that we don’t necessarily need to be in, or giving the referee a chance to give a penalty if we’re doing something illegal.


“Those are the things we need to work on, but they’re fixable.”