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Day untroubled by Northampton Saints form

Northampton Saints may not have been at their sparkling best over the last month but Christian Day says his side went through a similar slump before lifting the Aviva Premiership Rugby title last May.

Saints’ form has hardly been disastrous but a loss to Exeter Chiefs a fortnight ago and the draw with Gloucester Rugby – rescued by a last-gasp Samu Manoa try – has proven the champions are by no means infallible.

But at this point last season things had been going far worse after consecutive defeats to Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers and Saracens.

So no one’s panicking at Franklin’s Gardens – though Day concedes there will be no excuses should they fail to best Saracens at stadiummk.

“We had a similar run last season and we went on to win two trophies so we are not panicking,” said the lock.

“We have a big challenge this weekend, top versus second. You are going to have bad runs during the season, not many teams go unbeaten.

“It’s important how you come back and learn your lessons – we are looking forward to those big games.

“It’s been a good point of the season to have a rest, a few people are carrying some knocks that will have cleared up hopefully. Everyone is fresh for the weekend.

“When you are in the middle of the season all you want is a rest and then when you get a rest all you want is to play again.

“We are definitely ready to go again this weekend, pretty much the whole squad is fit bar George (North).”

Saracens however would like nothing more than to land another blow on the team that beat them in such dramatic fashion in the Aviva Premiership Rugby final a year ago.

And in order to do so, Day concedes their usually robust scrum must rediscover its form after struggles against Exeter.

“The scrum needed looking at post Exeter, sometimes the ref interprets it differently and you are on the end of a hiding but we have done a lot of work this week,” added Day.

“Hopefully we will get that right against Saracens because they have got a very strong scrum and a good bench.

“We have got good memories from last year, in fact probably the last five or six times we have played Sarries we have had good results.

“They are a great team, play a good brand of rugby, very physical and have a good kicking game but we know we need to deal with that, we managed last year and away this season.

“We beat them at the Allianz this season which no other team has managed to do.” 

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