Lee Dickson says the Saints players are ‘bouncing off the walls’ ahead of tomorrow’s Premiership semi-final showdown at The Stoop.
Dickson and co head to Harlequins, hoping to end two years of play-off heartbreak by booking a trip to Twickenham on May 26.
They won’t have it easy as they face a Quins side buoyed by finishing the regular season at the top of the standings.
But Saints’ England scrum-half is adamant these are the kind of games he relishes and knows the players not named in the starting 15 will be extremely disappointed.
“You come to this club because you want to win things and play in these big games, everyone is bouncing off the walls and are really desperate to get involved on the weekend,” said Dickson.
“There are a few disappointed people who are not involved, but they will be right behind us. Training has been really good the last few days and we are looking to take the energy and enthusiasm into the game.
“There’s a lot of people raring to go at the moment and if you can’t get up for a semi final then there is no point in going.
“You’re 80 minutes away and winner takes all. There is a place in the final and as a player that’s what you want you want – to play in big finals for a big club like Northampton.”
Saints will be aiming to ensure it’s a case of third time lucky tomorrow – after falling at the semi-final hurdle in the past two seasons.
They lost at home to Saracens in 2010 and then at Leicester in 2011, and Dickson is desperate to end that painful run this weekend.
“We were bitterly disappointed the last two years but were in the semi final again, so hopefully its third time lucky,” he said.
“We are in good spirits we’ve played two good games with the win against Exeter and the win at home. It’s put us in good stead going into this game against Quins.
“Small margins win games you need to kick all your points play in the right areas of the pitch and you have to turn up.
“At the end of the day it’s whoever turns up on the day, there is no second chances. It’s semi final rugby you lose and you’re on your holiday. If you win you go through to the final which this team is desperate to do.
“People come to this club and they want to win trophies and the Premiership is the biggest one of the lot. We have been close twice and want to go that one step further this year.”