TOP BAR - Fixtures

Elliott desperate to right Twickenham disappointment

Players don’t require much motivation to help their side reach an Aviva Premiership Rugby final but Jamie Elliott acknowledges that if any extra were needed, missing out on last season’s showpiece would do the trick for him.

Elliott’s Northampton Saints beat Saracens 24-20 in a final for the ages 12 months ago but the winger was unavailable for selection due to injury.

The Saints are well-placed to reach that stage again this time around, having already secured top spot in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table meaning they will host a semi-final at Franklin’s Gardens.

Elliott has been an important part of that success, scoring five tries in 13 league matches to date – including two in his last three games.

And the 22-year-old admits that getting back to Twickenham, and being part of the action this time around, is driving him on.

“Missing out on the final last year massively motivates me to make it this time around,” explained Elliott.

“Being in the crowd last time, being injured having done so much for the whole season was hard to take – you just want to be there.

“I want us to get back up there and be there to help us retain the title.

“It’s good that I’m getting more game time now – being on the pitch and showing what I can do is the main thing.

“But there’s always something you can work on and push on for, which we’ve shown in the last few games.”

Northampton guaranteed themselves top spot in the table thanks to a 46-0 demolition of London Welsh last weekend.

They face a much trickier proposition on Saturday – travelling to Welford Road to take on a Leicester Tigers side looking to secure a semi-final place of their own.

And while finishing top of the regular-season pile is an impressive achievement in itself, Elliott says the whole squad are aware that the job is far from done.

“It was a good feeling to beat Welsh, finishing top of the table at the end of the season is a little pat on the back but it’s not over yet,” he added.

“We’ve got a tough game this weekend, then a home semi and we need to push on and get the momentum rolling to finish the whole campaign.

“We want to back up what we did last season and retain the title.

“Whoever we face in the semi-final are going to be a good side, so who we play is up to those three sides going for the top four places.

“It’s not in our hands and we can’t do anything about it – we just have to play whoever gets there in the semi.”

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so with just one round to go, now's the time to click here to book your place at the world's biggest club rugby final.

Latest News

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal

Nick Kennedy delighted with first pre-season hit-out for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy is looking forward to seeing his side build on Saturday’s thrilling contest against…

Nick Kennedy

Philadelphia bound Nick Civetta can’t wait for American Series challenge with Newcastle Falcons

NICK CIVETTA HAS had an unlikely path to the top level but as he prepares to embark on his second season…

Nick Civetta

Demetri Catrakilis relishing chance to reunite with old friend Tim Swiel

Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis has revealed he is ready to join forces with  compatriot and old acquaintance Tim Swiel – insisting…

Worcester Warriors to use number of players in Hartpury test

Warriors will look to use up to 37 players during their fixture against Hartpury College this Saturday in their first…

GJ van Velze

Emergency Services workers invited to London Double Header

Saracens are offering up to eight free tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming London…

London Double Header

Newcastle Falcons teams for double-header v Doncaster and Nottingham

Three-time French title winner Maxime Mermoz is among the Newcastle Falcons players making their debuts in Saturday’s home double header…

Nili Latu

Lewis and Phillips to make Bath Rugby debuts against Bristol

Josh Lewis and James Phillips will make their Bath Rugby debuts in the Club’s first pre-season game against Bristol Rugby…

James Phillips

London Irish name side for pre-season opener

London Irish have named a 29-man squad for tomorrow’s Cunningham Duncombe Series against Harlequins at Hazelwood, with seven summer signings…

Greig Tonks

Nick Civetta primed for Newcastle Falcons’ double header this Saturday

Having spent the summer helping his country qualify for the Rugby World Cup American lock Nick Civetta is keen to…

Nick Civetta