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Manoa’s joy as Saints set record straight at Ulster

THAT'S MINE - Samu Manoa claims a high ball during Saints' win over Ulster (Picture: William Cherry/Presseye)

THAT'S MINE - Samu Manoa claims a high ball during Saints' win over Ulster (Picture: William Cherry/Presseye)

Samu Manoa expressed his delight at seeing Saints show their true colours to claim victory at Ulster.

The American lock put in a monstrous performance to help his team turn the tables on the Irish side.

Northampton had lost 25-6 to the RaboDirect PRO12 leaders at Franklin’s Gardens just eight days earlier, but went on to upset the odds with a 10-9 win at Ravenhill.

And Manoa, who was deservedly named man of the match, says it was good to show Europe what Saints are really about after that Gardens humbling.

“It started from training early this week and the boys really wanted this game,” he said.

“Last week wasn’t really a good game and nobody really saw how we could play so this week we put it right.”

Saints had been tipped to taste another thrashing at the hands of an Ulster side whose win at the Gardens was their 13th in as many games this season.

But Manoa and Co crushed that 100 per cent record and proved their critics wrong in the process.

“It’s a big win, especially away from home, out here and in this stadium,” he said.

“I heard it was pretty hard to win out here and people were talking about how they were going to get four tries and a bonus point, so it feels good to prove them wrong.”

 

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