Devante Onojaife is hoping the vocal Northampton Saints faithful can see his side all the way to the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Bowl final on Saturday.
Saints lost their opening game to Exeter Chiefs 33-0 on Friday night but used the Franklin’s Gardens support to bounce back with a narrow 10-7 victory over Saracens.
The win wasn’t quite enough for Northampton to progress to the Cup quarter-finals but they’re still in with a chance of silverware if they beat London Irish in the first Bowl semi-final.
And 19-year-old Onojaife hopes for another strong home crowd today to see Saints past Irish, with a possible final against Leicester Tigers or Bath Rugby in the offering.
“It’s great having the home crowd and it’s like having an extra man on the pitch. It really helps us when you get into those dark places. The home ground is always immense,” he said.
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“After that last game, we’ve got a bit of a boost. We were struggling after the first one but now we can carry some confidence into today and hopefully that carries us through.
“After the long pre-season we’ve had, it’s great to get a hit out. Especially for youngsters like myself; it’s great to get time in a Saints shirt and do it proud.”
Onojaife, who made his Saints debut last year, was introduced to rugby in Dubai as a ten-year-old and was named player of the tournament at the Abu Dhabi Sevens.
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But this was his first taste of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s and he says that he was loving every moment out on the pitch with his Northampton team-mates.
“This is my first time in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s and it’s more or less what I expected; very tiring and obviously great fun playing with all your friends,” he added.
“I used to play a lot of 7s when I was younger – the same format – and it brings back those great memories. They’re very intense games. It’s very different to XVs.”