King: Saints couldn’t have asked for a better scenario

Alex King (picture: Linda Dawson)
Alex King (picture: Linda Dawson)

Alex King admits Saints couldn’t have asked for a better scenario with just two games of the Aviva Premiership regular season to go.

And he is now desperate to see the club get over the line against London Welsh on Saturday as they bid to earn the win that would secure a home play-off semi-final.

Saints, who are currently five points clear of second-placed Bath and nine ahead of Saracens in third, know they need just two more points to be certain of a home semi.

And with a London Welsh side who have lost all 30 of their games this season heading to Franklin’s Gardens this weekend, they are huge favourites to get the job done.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better scenario to need two points for a home semi-final with two games to go,” said attack coach King.

“If someone had offered us this 20 rounds ago we would have taken it.

“We’ve very happy, but nothing’s decided yet.

“We’ve got a massive game here on Saturday, it’s our last home league game of the regular season and we want to put a performance in in front of the fans.”

Saints spent some of last week in Portugal, enjoying warm weather training and team bonding.

That came after the 25-20 win against Saracens at stadium:mk, which was a performance that helped banish the demons of defeats to Clermont Auvergne and Exeter.

And King said: “It’s always difficult after the Six Nations. We went through a similar period last season where it took a few weeks for the guys to gel and get back together.

“We finished the season strongly last year and I’m hoping it’s going to be the case this year.

“No season goes smoothly for any club. We’ve had ours (blip) and we want to build on that second half against Saracens in the final few games.”