Saints try hero Harrison so happy to be back

Teimana Harrison was delighted to be back in action - and celebrating a Saints win on Saturday.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 7:00 am
Teimana Harrison (picture: Peter Short)

The No.8 hadn't featured since the Boxing Day success against Worcester Warriors due to injury.

But he was back with a bang last weekend, scoring a first-half try in a 17-14 victory against Sale Sharks at Franklin's Gardens.

Harrison even managed to solider on for the full 80 minutes.

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And he laughed as he said: "I was pretty shot after that.

"Boydy (Saints boss Chris Boyd) said to me during the week that they'd look to manage my minutes and welcome me back with 40 minutes or something but then Ludsy (Lewis Ludlam) went off and Biz (Api Ratuniyarawa) came on but it was for Moony (Alex Moon).

"I got 80 minutes and to be honest I was glad my body held up and glad to be back out there with the boys.

"It had been a frustrating couple of weeks for the team because we'd actually played some good rugby but been undone by our mistakes (against Bath and Harlequins).

"Even against Sale, there was a couple of things to look back on because they punished us a couple of times in the second half.

"But to get the result at home is an awesome feeling and it's boosted our position in the table.

"I'm happy we managed to grind it out."

Saints were grateful for Harrison's try and 12 points from the accurate boot of fly-half James Grayson.

And the win was also based on a big defensive display, with Saints winning Ollie Sleightholme's first-half sin-bin period 5-0.

"It was massive," Harrison said.

"You go down to 14 men and you're on the back foot automatically.

"Especially against a side like Sale, you need everyone on the pitch for two-man shots.

"Credit to the boys - they really fronted up during that spell."