Alex Waller will always remember Saracens and Saracens will always remember him after the prop’s last-gasp try sealed that most dramatic of Aviva Premiership Rugby finals last season.
This Sunday marks the first time the two will be re-acquainted since that remarkable day in May at Twickenham when Saints head to Allianz Park.
And the 24-year-old Waller admits that the rivalry brewing between the two sides is only getting stronger.
“Over the last five or six years this is a rivalry that is only getting healthier,” said the loosehead.
“During that time both clubs have come up and established themselves as two of the best sides in the county, making the top four nearly every year and we have had some good battles.
“Both sides have had some tough losses and then obviously there is the final from last season.
“It is up there as the best moment of my career and there has been a lot said about it, mainly because it was such a brilliant and close game.
“Both teams will have that in the back of their minds so of course it is going to be a fiery one.”
Waller and Northampton lost at Franklin’s Gardens last time out to an inspired Exeter Chiefs side that pounced on them early and caught the Saints napping.
An impressive second-half fightback came too late however and the club’s lead at the top of the table has now been trimmed to two points.
For the clash with Sarries this Sunday however Saints welcome Calum Clark, Luther Burrell plus Stephen Myler and Lee Dickson back from England duty.
Waller himself was an England tourist to New Zealand this summer but is yet to claim a first cap, this year he made two appearances for the England Saxons.
But with the likes of Joe Marler and Matt Mullan ahead of him in the pecking order the prop admits he will have to bide his time before making the breakthrough to the next level.
“I would love to be down there with England every week this autumn,” he added.
“Going away to New Zealand was a great experience and I was also at Pennyhill earlier this month in the build-up to the All Blacks game.
“That was great because I have not had that experience before, it’s different from touring when you are at home, getting to grips with the facilities and how it all works.
“I am in contact with Wig (Graham Rowntree) and I know what I need to work on, it’s about improving little things here and there, taking them to the next level so that I am ‘excellent’ at them.
“Hopefully I will get there, I want to be biting at their heels and pressurising for a place in the team.”
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