Saints staying grounded ahead of ‘huge’ Sale showdown

Lee Dickson knows Saints' clash with Sale is crucial (picture: Sharon Lucey)
Lee Dickson knows Saints' clash with Sale is crucial (picture: Sharon Lucey)
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Lee Dickson insists Saints are not getting carried away after winning four of their past five Aviva Premiership games.

And the skipper recognises that his team will face a massive test against a confident Sale Sharks side at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

The Sharks are also in good form and currently sit just three points behind Saints in the league standings with a game in hand.

Steve Diamond’s men beat Harlequins last weekend and have lost just one of their past nine games in all competitions.

Dickson, who has scored five tries in his past five appearances, knows exactly what the Sharks can offer at the Gardens.

And he said: “We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves.

“We’ve got a big game against Sale this week and I saw they won last weekend so we know we’ve got to keep playing well. It’s really tight at the top end of the table.

“Every game’s tough now.

“We started slowly, but we’re clawing ourselves back into it.

“We’re not going to get carried away. We’re going to keep grinding away, we know what we’re about and we’ve got to keep making sure we’re marching on.”

Saints are still pushing hard for a top-four spot, despite having suffered some disappointing away defeats at the likes of Worcester, Newcastle and London Irish this season.

But they have also earned some fine wins on the road, with Bath, Harlequins and Sarries slayed on their own turf.

When asked whether the win at Allianz Park made up for some of the defeats earlier in the campaign, Dickson said: “I wouldn’t say it makes amends.

“The past is the past, we can’t look at that. We can’t change the past, we can only change what’s in front of us.

“We knew going to Saracens was going to be tough, we knew we needed to win and we’ve done that.

“Now we’ve got to move on to Sale. They’ll be coming down full of confidence because they’ve won some very big games lately and it’s just going to be a huge thing.”