New boy Pisi enjoying centre stage at Saints

SETTLING IN - Ken Pisi
SETTLING IN - Ken Pisi

KEN PISI admits he’s revelling in the support of the Saints centres – and the ‘brotherly love’ of sibling George Pisi.

The Samoan wing scored two tries on Friday night as Jim Mallinder’s men eviscerated Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Pisi put the gloss on the 54-3 win with a double score which could go some way to earning him a starting place in the Premiership opener at Gloucester on Saturday.

He has struck up a good rapport with the rest of the Saints backline and that was emphasised by his first try against Edinburgh as he linked up superbly with Kiwi centre James Wilson.

And Pisi, who joined from New Zealand side North Harbour this summer, is delighted with the service he’s received during pre-season.

“It’s good,” said the 23-year-old. “The likes of (Ben) Foden, my brother inside and (Dom) Waldouck, they’re good players, they’re good offloads and I just feed off them.

“Our job as wingers is to finish. All the hard work is being done on the inside. It was a nice pass from James Wilson for the first try against Edinburgh and that’s good.

“It’s always a good thing for wingers to have insides who know how to offload and find that final pass. We just have to feed off them and read them.”

At one stage during the match at Murrayfield, the Pisi brothers could be seen exchanging some heated views after a pass went astray.

But Ken admits he’s used to it and believes he benefits from criticism from George, who has set high standards after scooping last season’s supporters’ and players’ player of the year awards.

“He’s always like that,” said Pisi, “and I give it to him as well. It’s just brotherly love.

“It is nice to have someone holding you accountable like that and it’s good.”