Dickinson desperate to help Saints end Welford Road hoodoo

Sam Dickinson is relishing the trip to Welford Road (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Sam Dickinson is relishing the trip to Welford Road (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Sam Dickinson is desperate to help Saints end their barren run at Welford Road.

Northampton have not been victorious at the home of local rivals Leicester Tigers since Mark Robinson’s magnificent individual try earned a 10-9 victory in 2007.

But Saints were agonisingly close to ending that hoodoo in 2013, when they claimed a 19-19 draw at Tigers.

And Dickinson is hoping this can be the time when his club claim that long-awaited success.

“It’s exciting,” said the big No.8.

“It’s a different challenge because you’ve got everything around the game that will add to the occasion.

“I enjoy playing in the derby games because it brings a bit more physicality and a bit more pressure.

“We’ve got good memories and bad memories and it’s been a long time since we’ve won at Welford Road so that’s something to strive for.

“The best I’ve done there is drawing at Welford Road in my first season here.

“It was deemed a huge result because it’s been so long since we’ve won but that’s the target.

“We know it’s going to be hard there and we’ll have the usual things to deal with that you have when you play in front of a loud set of supporters.

“It’s the same when they come here and it will be a good challenge.”

Dickinson is enjoying a fine season in a strong Saints pack.

He has been given a run of games at No.8 and is thriving under the tutelage of Dorian West.

“It’s been good for me and I’ve had a lot of backing from Nobby (West),” Dickinson said.

“I’m just trying to enjoy it because it’s nice to be playing week in, week out.”

And Dickinson knows he must keep performing, with Saints bringing France star Louis Picamoles in at No.8 next season.

“It might linger over you a bit, but thinking about it isn’t going to change this season so you crack on,” Dickinson said.