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SARACENS 28 SAINTS 24 Burrell admits frustrations

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With time running out the situation had looked grim for Saints. Although they had scored a powerful penalty try in the first half, they had conceded three tries to the Aviva Premiership table-toppers to trail by 18 points.

But when the England centre powered over with eight minutes to play it triggered an almighty fightback that saw the visitors nearly snatch what would have been a remarkable win.

George North dived over from close range three minutes later, and but for Saracens' strong fringe defence after a five-metre lineout a couple of minutes after that it would have been Saints celebrating, not Saracens.

It was a game which had parallels to the Saints' previous Aviva Premiership outing against Leicester, and Burrell said that the last 10 minutes showed the team's true colours.

"We were frustrated in the dressing room after the game," he told SaintsTV. "For 70 minutes we didn't really play our best rugby, but that final 10 minutes showed what we're about when we get on the front foot and put teams under pressure.

"We were a bit unfortunate at the end not to get the victory, but we'll take confidence from the fact that we didn't play very well but pushed the team that's at the top of the league all the way until the last minute.

"We managed to regroup well behind the posts and had plenty of voices. It was about sorting our discipline out. We had let them chip away on the scoreboard, getting three, six, nine points in front, and against a top side like Saracens it's difficult to get back in the game.

"But we've lost the game, bonus point or no bonus point, and we're disappointed. We're three points ahead of Leicester now, but it's in our own hands and we've got a big six weeks of the season left."

Saints' big Aviva Premiership run-in continues with the visit of London Irish to Franklin's Gardens for an Easter Capital Clash. Tickets have been very popular, so book now to avoid missing out!

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