Sorenson: MK experience gives Saints an advantage against Saracens

HOME HELP - Mark Sorenson (Picture: Linda Dawson)

HOME HELP - Mark Sorenson (Picture: Linda Dawson)

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Mark Sorenson believes Saints’ experience of playing at stadium:mk could prove crucial when they take on Saracens on Sunday.

Sarries have opted to stage their home game against Northampton in Milton Keynes, with Saints handling all ticket sales.

So far the Franklin’s Gardens club have sold 17,000 tickets for the Premiership clash, including Sarries’ 3,000 allocation.

It is likely to feel like a home game for Saints, who have played at the ground three times during the past two seasons, beating Ulster and Perpignan and losing to Munster in the Heineken Cup.

And Sorenson feels those experiences will stand his side in good stead as they look to move back into the league’s top four after falling to fifth following the defeat to Harlequins last weekend.

“The fact we’ve got a little bit of history having played there, means when we get down there, the guys who have been there and played will naturally come to the surface,” said the second row forward.

“I’m sure we’ll get the support. All the Franklin’s faithful will get down there and be vocal and that’s something that’s going to be hugely exciting on Sunday.”

Saints were beaten 16-6 by Sarries at the Gardens in late October, and Jim Mallinder’s men have struggled in games against their title rivals so far this season.

They also tasted league defeats to Leicester and Harlequins and Sorenson admits the players have let themselves down.

He said: “We’ve played a lot of the top teams and it’s fine margins every time you play them.

“Results are going to hinge on a couple of areas, whether it be discipline or system errors or whatever it might be. It’s about eliminating those and being on top of your game for the full 80 minutes.

“It’s important you get it right and take every point that’s on offer to you. We’re probably let ourselves down in that regard but at the same time we’re a pretty professional outfit here and we want to get things right.

“Both on and off the pitch we’re trying to work that through and it’s about the next game for us.

“Saracens stand in front of us this weekend and we’re looking forward to implementing our game play and that’s an exciting thing. We’ve got to get our heads right and get the win.”