Phil Dowson puts faith in Saints for Premiership playoff semi with Saracens

Phil Dowson puts faith in Saints for Premiership playoff semi with Saracens

Table-toppers Northampton host Saracens on Friday‘It’s a massive game but we should be confident’

Northampton’s director of rugby, Phil Dowson, says his team expect a ­furious playoff challenge from Saracens on Friday but is confident Saints will not make the same mistakes that ended up costing them dearly in the Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster in Dublin.

Saints were narrowly beaten at Croke Park in a tense finish but their nervy first-half display ultimately proved decisive.

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