Ansbro: Northampton Saints can't wait for Saracens

Rising star Joe Ansbro can't wait for the European Challenge Cup semi-final against Saracens as he says Saints love playing at home.

Ansbro scored one of Saints' four tries as they made it 32 wins from their last 33 games at Franklin's Gardens to book a place in the last four of the Challenge Cup.

Those four tries came in the last 10 minutes to give Saints a flattering 42-13 win over Irish province Connacht.

Saints now have a semi-final with Sarries to look forward to in three weeks and they will be full of confidence, as it will be held at fortress Franklin's.

Newcastle are the only side to win at the Gardens in more than two years, but with London Irish suffering a shock exit, Saints are now the top seeds left in the competition.

Ansbro, who ran in his sixth try in 13 appearances on Saturday, said: "We love playing at Franklin's Gardens, though it is going to be a hell of a tough game.

"It is nice be playing at home, our record speaks for itself, we enjoy playing at Franklin's Gardens.

"We have had some great performances here, I was injured when we played Leicester at home and I remember watching that game and thinking if we could play like this every week we would be a lot higher in the league.

"We are still developing as a team and we are looking forward to finishing the season on a high."

Saints' win was built on a supremely dominant scrum and Ansbro was happy to see the pack in such top form in a vital game, as winning the competition will secure a Heineken Cup place for next season.

"It just makes everybody's jobs so much easier when the forwards are working that hard and get such good results," said Ansbro.

"It takes a lot of pressure off the backline defensively when you are on the front foot in the pack.

"It is harder for them to attack us effectively, the scrum was phenomenal really."

Connacht had three players sin-binned in the game with injuries seeing uncontested scrums for the last 18 minutes of the game, which allowed star man Euan Murray to be replaced by Mark Easter.

"It was nice for Euan to get a rest and then we had five players on the pitch who could play in the back row," said Ansbro.

"That is going to tell, especially when they get sin-binnings. We had a lot of dynamic players out there, which worked in our favour for the last quarter as well."