Northampton Saints: an ambitious team
Written by Newsteam on December 15, 2020
With the rugby season ending in March earlier this year, the new season is just around the corner. For the Northampton Saints, the end to last season couldn’t have come sooner; with Kris Boyd’s side picking up only one win in what was a disappointing end to the season, finishing 8th in the Gallagher’s Premiership.
Following lockdowns and now what has been one of the shortest pre-seasons to date, the Saints have had to make do with the restricted time and resources available.
However, co-captain Alex Waller acknowledged the positives he personally dealt with during the preparations: “it’s just getting that routine, I think. We’re so regimented here we get sent through a schedule […] you’re in at this team, you’re in gym at this time, you are out on the pitch at x, y & z, you have meetings.
“It’s just finding that discipline to keep that routine. I had a lot of rehab and stuff to do in the season, and I was quite fortunate that I could foresee some of the lockdown, and got a bit of a home gym set up; I had the perfect space to work in.”
The Northampton Saints are yet to record a win in their first 3 games this season, but as mentioned publicly, ambitions are high for the squad this season
Waller, The Saints loose-head prop, did not shy away from revealing the targets he has or the season ahead, both personal and for the team: “I think we can win trophies -I genuinely do. We have a great talent and some depth in the squad, with youth coming through. Hopefully now, peppered with a bit more experience we can take that into the season and surprise a few people.”
Waller’s teammate Alex Coles also spoke on his ambitions for season: “I think we’ve all got really high hopes, and high expectations of ourselves. Last season, we were so disappointed with how we finished – it just really wasn’t good enough for us.
“I think the goals we had last season: to be in the top four and half a home semi-final are realistic to this season.”