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Dickson: Northampton Saints keeping foot on the gas

Dickson: Northampton Saints keeping foot on the gas

Northampton Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson insists Northampton Saints will not be resting on their laurels in the coming weeks having built up a commanding Aviva Premiership Rugby lead.

Three wins from three in a tricky February period, including a 21-13 victory in the top-of-the-table clash at Bath Rugby, has left Saints 12 points clear at the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit.

But Dickson admits his team are not yet satisfied and will be looking to extend their lead even further at Gloucester Rugby this weekend, until their spot in the top two is secured.

“We’d definitely like to continue building the pressure on those around us,” said the 29-year-old. “If we can get that win at Gloucester and go 16-points clear with Saracens playing on Sunday, that’s certainly better than 12.

“We’ve just got to worry about ourselves playing well and winning rather than about the chasing pack, and if we keep winning we can’t lose the lead.

“You always aim for that top two in the Aviva Premiership Rugby to try and get a home semi-final, so if we stick to winning ways and stay together as a squad, then whatever happens around us goes round us.

“There’s a really great vibe at the club at the moment, and the lads are looking forward to every game.

“Winning the league last season really felt like a big burden was lifted, so there is less pressure this year but we want to keep on winning it now and get better and better.

“So credit to everyone so far this season for working so hard to keep us at the top of the league.”

Northampton will certainly face a tough test on Saturday, with the likes of Richard Hibbard, Greig Laidlaw and Billy Twelvetrees all back for the Cherry and Whites from international duty, while Jonny May also rejoined last week.

And Dickson has warned his teammates that any slip-ups in concentration could have huge consequences moving into the business end of the season.

He added: “We have a good lead at the moment, but that can soon go if you don’t perform on the pitch.

“We’re in a really good position and it is going very well, but things can turn on their head very quickly if we get complacent and don’t start doing our job properly.

“So we’re just trying to keep our feet on the ground. There’s still six games left of the season and no-one is guaranteed top two just yet.

“It’s a tough one though as despite the lead we’ve built up, come the end of the season it all comes down to a one-off game. Sarries were miles ahead last season and we managed to turn them over.

“So having a big lead is nice, and would be a good boost going into the semi-finals, but we need to make sure we play well once we’re there regardless of what’s happened all season.”

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