Ma'afu relishes backing of Saints supporters

Campese Ma'afu says the Saints supporters gave him an edge on his debut for the club.

Monday, 28th March 2016, 5:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 2nd April 2016, 12:51 am
Campese Ma'afu made his Saints debut on Sunday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

The Fiji prop, brother of former Northampton player Salesi Ma’afu, came off the bench in Sunday’s win against Harlequins.

It was a special moment for the 31-year-old, who had watched Salesi turn out for Saints at the Gardens on a number of occasions.

And Campese relished experiencing playing in front of a packed stadium, with the supporters giving him a warm welcome in the 29-23 success.

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“It was a great atmosphere and something I’ve worked hard to be part of in the years to come,” said Campese, who joined Saints late last month.

“When I ran out, the fans gave me a massive round of applause and made me feel welcome and gave me that little bit more edge to make me want to do well for them.

“I played a bit of Wanderers (in the win against Sale Jets) and it’s just great to get a bit of footy under my belt.

“They chucked me out there on Sunday and I’m grateful for Jim (Mallinder) and Nobby (Dorian West) for letting me be a part of it.”