With Saints receiving an early Christmas present in the form of a win at Franklin’s Gardens yesterday over their guests Sale Sharks, Alex Waller, making his 200th appearance in a Saints shirt during the game, said that he was immensely proud to have reached the milestone at the club.
The prop added that though the team are fully focussed on their New Year’s Day game at Gloucester, they will enjoy Christmas that little bit more with the win and that the win should afford the team some momentum with which to tackle the first match of 2017.
“I’m incredibly proud,” Waller told SaintsTV about earning his 200th Saints cap.
“The reception from the supporters was fantastic, I can’t thank them enough for all the support throughout the years but especially in this tough time we’re going through at the moment.
“Obviously we feel we’ve turned a little bit of a corner there and hopefully we can build on that.
“The emotion for me though, I was just incredibly proud and quite emotional actually, a bit more than I thought I’d be.
“When I came out it was a big moment for me and one I won’t forget for a long time.”
Despite making a phenomenal milestone of 200 games in just a month over seven years, Waller said that these big targets are not something he aims for but rather just keeps working hard for the club.
“I don’t aim for these milestones; I just take it a game at a time because that’s all you can do. As soon as you start putting targets on stuff that’s when things start to go wrong.
“But I’m incredibly privileged and lucky to have been able to play this many games so far in my career but hopefully there’s a few more to come and hopefully a few more successful ones as well.
Waller says the team will now enjoy their Christmas break with the win under their belts but that they’re fully focussed on the challenge of Gloucester on New Year’s Day.
“Obviously over the festive period we can’t go too wild, we’ve got a big game at Gloucester coming up but we’ll enjoy it a little bit, we’ve got a little bit of time off.
“The schedule’s worked out for us this year so that we can get a bit of time away with our families, which will be goof for some of the lads to just get away from rugby for a little bit.
“But we’re really looking forward to the challenge ahead at Gloucester but it’s Christmas first so we’ll see what Santa’s brought us.”