West hoping Northampton Saints can maintain winning streak against Wasps

Dorian West
Dorian West

Dorian West is hoping Saints can sting Wasps for the eighth successive time this weekend.

Northampton have prevailed in the past seven meetings between the two sides, winning on their previous two visits to Adams Park.

Should they preserve that winning run, Saints would remain in the driving seat for a Premiership top four place.

They sit three points clear of fifth-placed Gloucester and sixth-placed Wasps and forwards coach West wants his men to maintain that gap with another win at one of their happiest hunting grounds.

“Wasps are a good side,” he said. “They’ve got some real dangerous backs and some good ball carriers in the forwards.

“We’ll have to be at our best to match them on their pitch, but it is somewhere we’ve been quite successful over recent years.”

Saints have not played since March 2, when they put London Irish to the sword 40-14 at Franklin’s Gardens.

That was their third successive Premiership win and West was in two minds about whether the recent back-to-back weekends off were a good thing.

“When you’re winning games you probably do want to carry on playing, but we were noticing a few of the lads were a bit tired and beaten up and they needed a rest,” he said.

“We had a full week off and last week we trained four days, so it’s been good for us to freshen up.”