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Will Carpenter


Posted Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Press bitesize: Northampton Saints (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and wing, Luke Morahan faced the media ahead of Sunday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens (3pm KO).

Building blocks

Luke Morahan has called on his side to build on a strong start to the campaign when they take on second-place Northampton Saints on Sunday.

“We’ve worked really hard in the first quarter of the season, and there’s still a lot to go in the back end of the season, so that’s definitely the focus now," he said.

“Last year, the league was very tight, and again this year, it’s very tight, so week in, week out every team is capable of beating everyone else. There are no easy games and it’s a gruelling season, but one that’s very enjoyable.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position in the first nine games of the season, but it’s the back end of the season that really counts and we’ve got to put our best foot forward."

'A massive challenge'

Pat Lam says he is relishing the challenge of a trip to Franklin's Gardens and anticipates an exciting game between two expansive sides.

"Going to Northampton is always a massive challenge, but it’s a game we’re excited by because you’re playing a team that loves to play rugby and it could potentially be a really good game for the neutral and for everybody," he said.

"But putting the work in and following on from what we did against Gloucester, it puts us in good shape to go there, but we’re under no illusion as to how tough that will be - but we’re excited by it."

Sevens taster

Luke Morahan reflected on his 'trial week' with the Australian Sevens side earlier this month, and said he was grateful to Pat Lam and Bristol Bears for the opportunity.

“It was a bit of a test just to see if I could get back into the Sevens frame. It was a good week and I enjoyed being back there. I’m very thankful to the club for letting me go back to Australia during the two-week break."