Lee Dickson was a satisfied man after picking up another try and the Aviva man of the match award at Allianz Park, but insists that the Saints won’t be getting carried away with themselves ahead of another challenging match next weekend.
Dickson’s second half score was his fifth try in four consecutive matches and gave his team a lead that they did not look like relinquishing throughout the second 40 minutes.
“It was an ugly win but I’m a happy man,” Dickson told SaintsTV. “It’s always tough coming down to Saracens; they’re a great team. We’ve had some battles here and we’ve come out on top this time.
“We chose to play into the wind and had the mindset of keeping the ball. In the first half we kept the ball well and kept the play in the right areas, and then the second half kick off set the tone.”
Dickson’s try may have put his team in front, but arguably the first-half score from half-back partner Stephen Myler was equally important.
Saints had the majority of possession and territory, but for long parts found Saracens’ defence back to its best. But with Ben Spencer in the sin bin some of the hosts’ shape and stability went out of their game and the visitors capitalised when Myler weaved his way over the whitewash.
“Stephen’s try was vital for us,” Dickson added. “If we go in six, nine points down then it’s a tough uphill battle for us. You always want to give yourself a chance in the second half, and this week we stayed in it in the first half and showed what we’re about in the second half.”
The win over the reigning Aviva Premiership champions moved Saints into the top four - albeit ahead of Sunday’s clash between Leicester and Exeter - but despite four wins in five matches Dickson says that there is still plenty of work to do.
“We’re not getting carried away,” he commented. “We’ve beaten a very good Saracens team but we’ll park that on Monday morning and look ahead to the Sale game. They’re playing some great rugby and have great players across the park.
“We know it’s going to be huge at Franklin’s Gardens. We’ve had a good couple of games there, but this is a different animal coming down here next weekend.
“We’ve got to make sure that we train hard this week, understand what we’re doing, take the learning curve from this game, and make sure we’re full on next Saturday.”
Every voice counts in the chase for the Aviva Premiership semi-finals, and you can make the difference by getting behind the team when they take on the Sharks on March 12th.