George North says last Sunday’s defeat at Wasps was ‘an eye-opener’ for Saints as they prepare for a second away game on the spin.
North and Co are at Newcastle Falcons today (Sunday), bidding to bounce back from the 20-16 Aviva Premiership defeat at Adams Park.
That loss was a sobering experience for the champions, who had comprehensively disposed of Gloucester nine days earlier, cruising to a 53-6 win at Franklin’s Gardens.
And Saints are now aiming to avoid another big blow against a side who have not won in the league since last October.
“Newcastle have had a tough run of form, they’re quite a dogged team and it will be a tough place to go,” said North. “For us it’s something we’re looking forward to after last week.
“It wasn’t our best performance at Wasps and we could have been a bit smarter in our attack and the areas we played in.
“We could have been a bit more dynamic and sometimes you need that kind of experience to bring you back down with a bump.
“The Gloucester game went so well, the atmosphere here was fantastic and then you go down to Wasps it’s a different atmosphere completely.
“For us it’s an eye-opener, we’ll take it on the chin and work on it for today.”