Roberts welcomes win for Saints over battling Welsh

CRUCIAL WIN - Saints scrum-half Martin Roberts (Picture: Linda Dawson)
CRUCIAL WIN - Saints scrum-half Martin Roberts (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints scrum-half Martin Roberts believes Saturday’s victory against London Welsh could prove crucial come the end of the season.

Roberts, who was in for shoulder injury victim Lee Dickson, played his part, cajolling the home pack as they ground out a 23-16 victory against the Premiership strugglers.

It wasn’t a pretty performance, in poor conditions, but Saints got the job done to end their three-match league losing streak.

And Roberts feels the four points his side garnered could eventually be vital to their Premiership play-off bid.

“Losing four games sometimes on the back of close defeats isn’t easy as a side and sometimes it’s just about getting the confidence back,” said the Welsh No.9.

“We knew the week before down at the Dragons that it wasn’t going to be pretty, the boys fought hard for a win and we knew it would be the same on Saturday.

“Games like the one on Saturday aren’t going to be flashy, it’s not going to be a great spectacle but it adds up at the end of the season and getting four points is all that counts.”

Roberts was impressed with the spirit Welsh showed as they surged into an early 10-3 lead.

But they were eventually pegged back as Saints showed their character to get their noses in front and record a scrappy success.

“They did really well,” said Roberts of Welsh.

“They drove us over early on and that doesn’t really happen much at Franklin’s Gardens.

“It set the tone and we knew that we had to work hard. I think the boys turned it round really well and we got the upper hand.”