Dominic Waldouck urging Northampton Saints to maintain momentum
Dominic Waldouck insists that Northampton Saints will not be getting carried away with their good form
Dominic Waldouck, a man used to winning trophies, insists that Northampton Saints will not be getting carried away despite the defending champions’ healthy lead atop the Aviva Premiership table.
When Waldouck arrived at Franklin’s Gardens for the start of the 2012/2013 season, the centre already had a Heineken Cup and Premiership winners’ medal tucked away from his time at London Wasps.
His first year at the club would prove a fruitless one with Saints coming up short in the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers.
But they bounced back in style last year, lifting both the league and European Challenge Cup in a matter of weeks.
They are on track for yet another play-off appearance this campaign too and currently sit ten points clear with four rounds to go.
But despite their lead, Waldouck insists they must not let their standards slip as the season enters the business end.
“It’s massive to be on top but no trophies are won in March or April, we need to be up there in May, and carrying our momentum through to the end of the season is really important for that,” he said.
“It’s been great to be part of the success and the rise of Northampton the last couple of years. It’s a great team.
“We won the double last year and hopefully we can move on and win some more trophies this year. To be part of it is a great experience.
“All in all, it’s not been too bad a season so far but we need to make sure we carry this momentum on til the end and come away with some trophies to show for our efforts.”
Next up for Saints is a trip to Devon to face fellow play-off chasing side Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday.
The Chiefs, currently outside the play-offs in fifth, took bragging rights when the two sides met earlier in the season, winning 24-18.
And it is performances such as that which Waldouck believes mark Exeter out as ones to watch this year.
“Exeter this year have shown their abilities and their challenge for the title,” he added.
“It’s going to be a huge game, going down to Sandy Park is always a tough challenge and with Exeter in a rich vein of form, pushing for those top four places, it will be a huge challenge.
“Obviously there’s a lot riding on it from them but we want to carry on that momentum into hopefully those play-off spots at the end of the season.”