Burrell hopes tough talking will sort out Saints

THRASHING THINGS OUT - Luther Burrell (Picture: Linda Dawson)
THRASHING THINGS OUT - Luther Burrell (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Luther Burrell has revealed the Saints players and management had a ‘tough meeting’ on Tuesday in a bid to address what went wrong at London Irish.

The team returned to training after two days off and were summoned for a debrief of Saturday’s 39-17 drubbing.

And Burrell says the players were told to eradicate the complacency that appeared to creep into their game at the Madejski Stadium.

“We had a tough meeting, addressing where we went wrong and it’s all about reaction now,” said Burrell.

“The coaches were coming down pretty hard on us about underestimating opponents and being complacent, which we thought might have crept in a little bit at the weekend so it was a tough day on Tuesday.”

But rather than putting the players in their place with a verbal dressing down, the Saints coaches took a more restrained approach to the team meeting.

Burrell explained: “There was no pointing the finger. There was no shouting. It was about us understanding where we went wrong and understanding what we need to do next and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Jim (Mallinder), Grays (Paul Grayson) and Dorian (West) are all passionate about the club and they want it to work out there and the last thing they’re going to do is start pointing fingers. We’re all in it together.”

Saints will seek big improvement this week as they prepare for the visit of Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Cup.

And Burrell believes his team-mates are moving in the right direction as they aim to put the nightmare show at Irish to bed.

“Saturday was a very tough day and to be honest it’s still going through the system now,” said the former Leeds and Sale man.

“It was hard to swallow and it was what you would call a bad day at the office. It just didn’t come together for us and the lads are hurting.

“You could tell today that it’s affected a lot of boys, because everyone was so pumped up for training on Tuesday. We’re going in the right direction now.”