Alan Dickens hailed Saints’ youngsters after they took another successful step on the first-team ladder with a superb 39-18 win at London Irish.
A youthful team blitzed Brian Smith’s men at the Madejski Stadium, with first senior tries for Howard Packman and Ethan Waller as well as one for impressive flanker Ben Nutley.
It was the second sizeable LV= Cup victory in the space of eight days following the 33-6 demolition of Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens.
And Dickens admitted his delight at how the club’s fledgling stars have managed to continue the momentum gathered by some strong Premiership and Heineken Cup showings.
“It wasn’t just the game today, but the game last week against Gloucester,” said the assistant coach.
“We’ve scored seven tries and conceded two and it’s really pleasing.
“It’s really positive, the younger boys getting game time.
“It’s the first step on the ladder for them pushing on and hopefully appearing a lot more for the Saints.
“It wasn’t about anyone in particular, it was about the team performance.
“The team performance today, last week and on Monday nights (in the ‘A’ League).
“The strength in our team is built on all of the boys.”