Elliott: It was the Saints backs’ time to shine

Two-try hero Jamie Elliott admitted it was the Saints backs’ time to shine after Saturday’s success against Bath.

By Tom Vickers
Monday, 25th February 2013, 6:00 am

The 20-year-old winger starred in Northampton’s 25-23 win, which owed much to the sharpness of their attacking players.

A week earlier it had been the forwards who had stolen the show, turning on the power in a 27-18 win at Worcester.

But against Bath, Ben Foden, James Wilson and Co showed their skills as Saints continued their push for a Premiership play-off place.

And Elliott, who was on the end of fine team moves for his two tries, said: “We (the backs and the forwards) take it in turns. It’s a team game.

“The team built it all in, ruck after ruck, and I’m just happy to be on the end of the line. I’ll take that.”

Saints had surged into a 20-9 lead at one point thanks to Elliott’s opening score and the boot of Stephen Myler.

But Bath pegged them back and went 23-20 up with 12 minutes to go after Semesa Rokoduguni’s score.

In a see-saw game, Saints had the final say through Elliott, scoring his fourth try of the season, and the youngster was happy with the character his side showed.

“It swung both ways,” he said. “In the first half a few mishaps happened and they nearly scored a try, but our character was big and we held them out.”