Mark Sorenson says there will be a ‘big reaction’ from Saints to Saturday’s thrashing at London Irish.
Sorenson started his first game of the season as Irish romped to a 39-17 win at the Madejski Stadium.
It was a Saints showing that shocked many as they had won their previous five games, grinding out victories which ensured they hit the top of the Aviva Premiership.
Despite Saturday’s poor performance, Jim Mallinder’s men remain at the summit heading into Heineken Cup action this weekend.
And Sorenson believes his side will show their strength when Glasgow Warriors come calling at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.
“It’s still up to us to come back from that (defeat at Irish) and that’s something we need to take out of that game going into the Heineken Cup this week,” said the Kiwi second row.
“We’ve got the Heineken Cup for the next couple of weeks and we’ve got to step it up. There will be a big reaction.”
The Warriors, who have won four of their six matches in the RaboDirect PRO12 this season, will bring plenty to the Gardens table this weekend.
And Sorenson has urged Saints to step up their performance levels as they aim to kick their European campaign off with a win.
“We just have to dump the London Irish result and move on,” he said. “The Heineken Cup now becomes the focus.
“We know it’s a step up in intensity so we have to show that on the training pitch this week.”