Saints looking for 'daylight'

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:39
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Northampton Saints wing Jamie Elliott admits he is playing the best rugby of his young career at the moment.

Northampton Saints wing Jamie Elliott admits he is playing the best rugby of his young career at the moment.

And with fellow high-flyers Harlequins in town on Friday in the Premiership the 21-year-old is desperate to help Saints put daylight between the top two and the chasing pack.

Jim Mallinder's troops and Saracens are stretching clear at the top of the table, each side having only lost once all season in the league.

But Quins are back in form after a disappointing start to the season and come into the Franklin's Gardens clash in fourth, 11 points behind their hosts.

Victory for Elliott and co would go a long to way to securing a home play-off semifinal with the season only half complete and the wing, who has three tries in the league this season including a superb effort against Bath last time out, admits he and his teammates are well aware of the significance of the fixture.

"We know what Quins can do to teams if you let them play," he said.

"So for us the goal is, first and foremost, to stamp our authority on the game, to make an impression and not let them play.

"If we can do that then we will be in good shape, we know what a good chance this is to stretch the gap away from the other teams.

"That has to be our goal and the lads are looking forward to it.

"As a team this season we were fed up with coming close but not winning trophies so this year the goal is to make sure that comes to an end."

Elliott's season has been a succession of highlights, including the breakaway try that clinched victory at the Stadium before Christmas against Leinster.

And the youngster admits that having British & Irish Lion George North, and new backs coach Alex King, at the club has sparked the best form of his career.

"I suppose I probably am playing the best I ever have," he added.

"George has been great to have at the club, he's got loads of experience already to be able to learn from him in training and matches has been great.

"Alex King has also been a really good influence on the whole backline and the club have been playing really well so far this season."

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