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Tuitavake: The boys really fronted up and it paid off

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Putting themselves three points clear at the top of Pool 3 yesterday as they scraped a late win over Sale Sharks, Saints still have plenty of work ahead of them as they look to secure their place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Sealing the win at the AJ Bell with a last minute Nafi Tuitavake try, Saints now need just three points from next Friday's clash with Harlequins at Franklin's Gardens to book their place in the knock-out rounds.

Tuitavake said that the win gave the whole squad a real boost after coming into the game off the back of a tough loss the previous weekend against Saracens.

"We didn't need any more motivation after that," the winning try-scorer commented.

"We had to come and front up today and heaps of boys put their hand up. I think everyone, as a team, really delivered out there and we came away with the victory in the end.

"It's always a good feeling, but especially away from home. We planned in the week to go away and put our hand forward for the Anglo-Welsh title. The boys really fronted up today so there's smiles all round the changing room."

Scoring his third try in three games yesterday, the Tongan centre said that while it was often a case of right place, right time, he was glad of the scores.

"I don't think too much into it. I'm alway quite lucky with the bounce of the ball or being the guy at the end of the line. I don't want to jinx myself but it's been good.

"I still had a little bit of work to do this time to support Grayson, I was just there for if he needed me. Fortunately he gave me the pass and I could feel someone pushing me over the line. It was a great feeling.

Looking ahead to the challenge of Pool 2 leaders Harlequins, who have yet to drop a league point in the competition, Tuitavake said the focus was on putting right the wrongs of their last match-up with the Londoners to give themselves the best chance of earning a home semi-final.

"We definitely can't sit on this win. We've got to come into the home game next week with a real focus. We had a tough loss to Harlequins at Twickenham so it's a chance for us to rectify that."

Tickets are now available for Saints' Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Harlequins from the ticket office at Franklin’s Gardens, online by visiting bit.ly/SAI-QUI-AWC or by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01604 581000.

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