Northampton Saints - Centre star George wants Scarlets revenge

Pictures by Linda Dawson
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George Pisi is eyeing revenge against the Scarlets today as Northampton Saints look to keep their European season alive.

Pisi endured a nightmare first start for Saints back in November.

Then the Scarlets feasted on an error-strewn showing from the home side to win 28-23, including a major mistake from the former Auckland Blue.

It was one of three defeats in the first three games that has all but ended Saints’ Heineken Cup hopes for this campaign, although they can still get into the Amlin European Challenge Cup.

But they need to win at Parc y Scarlets today to keep their hopes alive.

Pisi is desperate to show Scarlets what he is truly about and make up for that horror show the last time Saints played the Welsh side.

“Revenge is in the air,” said Pisi. “But I think for us, it’s just about going out there and winning.

“Going against these guys and showing them that we are a class team.”

And Saints have certainly shown that of late with the stunning trouncing of Premiership leaders Harlequins last week.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder has made six changes to that side, though only Tom Wood’s is enforced.

Wood has aggravated an old foot injury and his place in the back row has been taken by Calum Clark while there are starts for Stephen Myler, Vasily Artemyev, Martin Roberts, Tom May and Brian Mujati.

Pisi believes victory is possible if Saints can re-create the fired-up display they delivered against Quins last week.

“The Challenge Cup is our opportunity now and we’ve got to take every chance that comes our way,” said Pisi. “If we do that we have a great chance of winning.

“They have got some good players, especially (Rhys) Priestland, but, for us, it’s about sticking to our game plan and being dominant in everything we do.

“Last week, the main thing for us was being clinical in everything we did.

“We’re a good team and a force to be reckoned with. For us to go in and play like that (against Harlequins last week), be really clinical and knock them out of their game was really good.

“We’ve been working hard on being clinical in everything we do, being smart and we will need to do that again.”