Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Saints ready for Exiles clash

Stephen Myler admits Northampton's 'pride has been dented a bit'

Stephen Myler insists that Northampton have not tried to "reinvent the wheel" during their recovery process from a crushing home defeat against fierce Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester.

Saints, who return to league action when they visit London Welsh on Sunday, have had two weeks to stew over the 36-8 mauling Tigers inflicted on them. But while it turned up the heat in terms of their play-off prospects - fifth-placed Gloucester drew level on points with them after beating Harlequins - fly-half Myler believes Saints remain on a potential title course.

"A lot went wrong across the board against Leicester. But in the same way that we were poor, Tigers are a great side who put in an exceptional performance on the day and those scorelines can happen," said Myler. "We are well aware of the fact that we let ourselves down, and our pride has been dented a bit, but we haven't tried to reinvent the wheel. It's just given us a reality check."

He added: "In an ideal world we would have been able to get out there again straightaway, and it was especially frustrating to watch the Heineken Cup quarter-finals last weekend because it was only two years ago that we reached the final.

"But there are positives to take out of having a rest. We are refreshed, and the fact is that we still have a massive opportunity to do something special. We won't stop fighting for the title until it is mathematically impossible."

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