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Northampton Saints coach Alan Dickens has no problem with hoping Leicester win

Northampton Saints coach Alan Dickens will have no problem in cheering on old rivals Leicester Tigers on Sunday after his side thumped Scarlets 50-10 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Saints kept alive their chances of reaching the semi-finals by running in eight tries against their outgunned opponents, with Ben Foden and James Fish claiming two apiece.

Temporarily at least, they are ahead of Saracens in Pool 1 and - should the Tigers run out victorious at Allianz Park in two days' time - Northampton would join them in the last four.

When asked if wanting Leicester to win would feel awkward at all, Dickens said: "No, not really - it's what we want isn't it?

"We've done what we could do today and I've been asked about how I would reflect on this competition and if we don't manage to get through then I'd look back to the first half last week at Leicester.

"It was pleasing to score eight tries - four in the first half, four in the second - so equally spread.

"While we took some of our chances I'll be looking at the recording and think we should have had a few more. But ball retention, especially in the second half, wasn't at the level we expect it to be."

Tom Williams was the Scarlets' solitary try scorer at Franklin's Gardens, as Foden and Fish's braces were added to by further scores from Jamie Gibson, Michael Paterson, Harry Mallinder and Ken Pisi.

Scarlets set-piece coach Ioan Cunningham said: "It's a great learning curve for those players, being exposed at this level.

"Also, it's an opportunity to get some answers on those players and see how they cope in this environment, under this pressure and I think it's been a worthwhile exercise.

"We had three clean-line breaks in the first half and we just didn't quite manage to convert those, but I think we showed what we can do.

"That second half we just lacked that accuracy with some line-outs in their half, which we failed to convert, but I was pleased with the scrum and the boys showed some resilience."


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