Northampton Saints - Roberts feeling the benefit of extended stay

Pictures by Linda Dawson

Pictures by Linda Dawson

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Martin Roberts says he is finding a bit of rhythm at scrum-half thanks to gaining plenty of game time during the Six Nations.

Lee Dickson’s promotion to the England starting line-up has seen Roberts step into the breach manfully.

Whereas last season Dickson’s absence through a shoulder injury was keenly felt, this term Roberts has made sure the Saints team have not missed a beat.

The Welshman may be more of a running number nine than Dickson, but he still delivers super-quick service and has enjoyed building a partnership with Stephen Myler in recent weeks.

Roberts has started the last six games and he said: “You feel you get a bit of a rhythm, and get that feel of playing every week.

“I have played with Steve a lot lately and it is nice to get a run of games.”

Roberts is looking forward to the polar opposite game that Saints lost in the pouring rain at Vicarage Road last week. Running rugby was impossible, but in better conditions tomorrow, Roberts is looking to get Saints’ wide game going against his old team.

“It wasn’t a free-flowing game because of the weather last week,” said Roberts. “But the Scarlets like to play an open brand of rugby and so do we, I am sure it will be a free-flowing game and there will be plenty of tries.

“This competition has given the boys plenty of opportunity to play this season.

“We have the league and LV= Cup to play for and we want to win both, you want to win silverware, they are memorable times at the end of the career.

“We want to win this competition and that is what we are aiming to do.”