Paul Doran-Jones has revealed the secret science behind Saints’ success in the pack this season.
The prop paid tribute to the team of analysts who are helping Northampton outfox their Aviva Premiership rivals, to the extent that they currently sit top of the table after five wins from as many games.
Opposition sides continue to appear bemused by Saints’ indefatigable forwards, who, under the guidance of Dorian West, have conjured the recipe for success in their early-season encounters.
Next to try to crack the code will be struggling London Irish on Saturday, but Doran-Jones insists he and his team-mates have a plan to combat the men from the Madejski Stadium.
“We’re always looking for an edge, doing our analysis on different teams and tailoring what we do on the weekend to fit the opposition,” explained the England man, who will start on the replacements bench for tomorrow’s trip to the Madejski Stadium.
“Guys are working non-stop with the cameras and calls - it’s like Alan Turing back there because they’re trying to break everything down.
“It’s a science, in a way, and a lot of what the guys do behind the scenes is unseen. But they do an awful lot of work to prepare us for the weekend and that probably gives us a little bit of an edge.”
While the men behind the scenes clearly play a key role, it would mean little should the players fail to execute the game plan.
And experienced campaigner Doran-Jones believes Saints have a good culture, which allows the men with the biggest impact on a matchday, the team, to have their say to aid development.
“There are always different interpretations of things and what’s good here is that we’ve got quite a player-led culture where we can bounce ideas back off of other lads,” he said.
“That only helps us improve and it’s definitely a case of trying out different things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work, but we’re always trying to find slightly different and new.”