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Pisi calls for Northampton Saints focus


Northampton Saints wing Ken Pisi insists his side are not letting their Christmas Aviva Premiership Rugby showdowns with Leicester Tigers and Harlequins distract them from their task in Europe.

Saints remain two points clear of Bath Rugby at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table after the 43-14 thrashing of London Welsh in Round 9, but they are also in the middle of a European Rugby Champions Cup scrap.

Jim Mallinder’s men sit level on points with Racing Metro at the top of Pool 5, with Ospreys not far behind, but eased to a 38-15 win at Italian side Treviso on Saturday.

And with the second half of their Italian double-header looming this weekend, Pisi admits they have to keep their eyes on the ball to avoid a European upset.

“We played well over there and got what we wanted from the game, which was a bonus-point win,” said the 25-year-old.

“That keeps us in a good place in our pool in Europe and the boys played well so we’re very pleased to get that result.

“We have identified certain things in training this week that we needed to work on off the back of that game.

“They are a good attacking team, and we’ve been focusing on how to counter that. But mostly we have been looking at our own game and fixing what we did badly in the last match.

“We felt we were really unlucky to begin with in Europe, but we’ve really bounced back well and now we are back on the same number of points as Racing Metro.

“We just want to play well, win our matches and get to the next stage. And hopefully we can grab that top spot as well and get a home quarter final as a result – that’s our goal.

“We’re not letting the big games coming up in the Premiership distract us. Our focus is on Treviso this week as we know they’re a tough side and the European Cup is very important.

“Whatever happens next week is not so important at the moment, so as always we’ll take it one game at a time.”

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