Dickson delighted at his ‘armchair ride’ from Saints pack

HAPPY MAN - scrum-half Lee Dickson is loving playing behind the Saints' powerful pack
HAPPY MAN - scrum-half Lee Dickson is loving playing behind the Saints' powerful pack

Lee Dickson says he’s loving the armchair ride he’s been getting from the ‘immense’ Saints pack.

And he is hoping Bath become the latest side who are unable to figure out how to stop the Northampton forwards in Friday night’s clash at The Rec.

Dickson has conducted a number of successful Saints charges, with the driving maul becoming a theme in opening Premiership wins against Gloucester and Exeter.

Forwards coach Dorian West has got his men firing – and scrum-half Dickson is hoping that continues against Bath and beyond.

“I’m loving it,” said the first-choice No.9. “Playing behind a pack like that is the reason I came to this club. In the last two games I’ve just had an armchair ride behind them.

“The driving maul’s been phenomenal and people have just got to stop that. We’re going to keep doing it and if they can stop it, we’ve got to work off it.

“The scrum as well, a lot of credit has got to go to the forwards, they’ve been immense for us. They’re making my job and the backs’ job a heck of a lot easier.”

Saints will hope their most potent weapon can shoot down Bath and make it three wins out of three on Friday.

And Dickson believes the showings of his side’s forwards in the first two games of the season will have struck fear into the hearts of the west country side.

“Saints are about their set piece and we want to go to places where people fear our forwards,” said the England ace. “In the last two weeks it has shown people will fear them because they’re a phenomenal bunch of people.

“And it’s not just in the tight as well. The likes of Saw (Soane Tonga’uiha) and Samu Manoa running round the corner, people sort of know where we’re going but they’ve got to stop it, so it’s phenomenal for us to have that armoury.”

But Dickson doesn’t believe Saints fans have seen the best of their side’s forwards or backs just yet.

And the England man believes the whole team will just get better and better as the season progresses.

“There is improvement to come from the backs but there’s improvement to come in the forward as well,” said Dickson.

“The backs have been good. The likes of Dom Waldouck is showing a different dimension to our game and Ken (Pisi) has come in on the wing, playing with George, who everyone knows about – he’s a world class player.

“Our backs are brilliant and it’s just an improvement curve every week now.”