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Ahsee Tuala backs Northampton Saints to shine against Saracens

Northampton Saints are the last side to win at Allianz Park but full-back Ahsee Tuala knows they will have to be at their absolute best if they are to turn over the European and Aviva Premiership Rugby champions.

Stephen Myler racked up 15 points as Jim Mallinder’s side claimed a shock 20-15 win in March that continued their strong record against Saracens.

But Mark McCall’s men turned things around and went on to win a second consecutive Aviva Premiership crown and have not lost since that day.

Tuala knows he, in particular, could be in for a tough afternoon against the defending champions – with the likes of Alex Goode, Owen Farrell and new addition Alex Lozowski, they are one of the league’s best kicking sides.

But the Samoan international is bustling with confidence ahead of the trip to North London.

“We know that we have a good record down at Allianz Park, we are keen to get stuck into them and put some pressure on them,” the 27-year-old explained.

“We’re quite positive at the moment, we beat Bristol and we knew it was going to be a tough game, but stuck to our guns, worked hard and got the five points.

“I had a good pre-season, I have been working hard on my little niggles and it has been really good.

“We know they are a quality side, we just need to be careful. We know how dangerous they are and the quality of players they have.

“We just need to trust our systems, stick with them and play with better physicality.

“We have been working on handling their kicking game this week, we know they are really strong there and our back three will have to work really hard this weekend.

“They are a real confidence booster for him. With the likes of Lozowski, Goode and the players in their back-line it will be a real test, but if we just stick to our systems then we can be sweet. We are confident in playing the game we want to play against them.”

Tuala also felt Harry Mallinder – who started Saints’ Aviva Premiership opener against Bath Rugby – would have a key role to play for Northampton.

“Harry has always been really impressive, he has the skills to play anywhere in the back-line. He is a good kid coming through,” he added.

“He is learning from the likes of Stephen Myler and the boys around him. He has taken on a role full of responsibility really well and with the boys around him helping out.”

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