Fly-half Myler delighted with Saints form

HITTING HIS BEST FORM - Stephen Myler (Picture: Linda Dawson)
HITTING HIS BEST FORM - Stephen Myler (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints fly-half Stephen Myler feels he is starting to hit his straps after two successful starts in as many games.

Myler booted his side to victory at Bath a week and a half ago, slotting five penalties and eclipsing opposite number Olly Barkley in the process.

He then built on that convincing kicking display with another, in the 37-31 win against Worcester on Saturday.

The 28-year-old is cementing his place at fly-half ahead of club-mate Ryan Lamb, who has endured a difficult opening to the season.

And Myler admits he is feeling more comfortable after being handed back-to-back starts for Saints.

“I’m obviously happy to have started the last two games,” said the former rugby league player. “It’s always frustrating when you’re not starting.

“You’re sat on the sidelines, you’re itching to get out there and you want to help your team-mates and contribute towards the team effort but the nature of the game these days is that you can’t play every game.

“You’ve just got to be ready when the time comes and hopefully I can keep this run going, keep those combinations in place and hopefully we can go five from five this week.”

And he added: “I feel fine. Obviously the more game time you have the more comfortable you get.

“You get into a rhythm with the players around you and I’m just looking to build on what I did last week and keep improving on what I do.”

Myler was taken off with 20 minutes to go in the Worcester game. Lamb was sent on with Saints 37-3 up, but they conceded four quick tries to hand the visitors two bonus points.

It was in keeping with the three games that had gone before it, as Saints switched off after going in front before claiming a narrow victory.

But Myler believes that can be seen as a good thing as there is still plenty more to come from the side, starting with Friday night’s game against Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens.

“The positive thing is that we’re four from four, but we don’t feel like we’ve hit our stride yet,” said the ace kicker.

“We’ve played averagely for the first three games, but managed to get a win in every one of them and on Saturday we showed for 50,60 minutes we are clinical in some areas and we can hurt teams and score points.

“We’ve got to look for an 80-minute performance and that’s the key for us now.”