Saints Need To Be Hardnosed

LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook wants Saints to be hardnosed when they face London this Saturday.

The forward admits it was a wrench to see his former team relegated but they need to put in a strong performance at The Hive.

“It was really disappointing to see them go down and when I saw they had, my heart sank a little bit,” he said. “It wasn’t inevitable as such, but you could see how it would pan out.

“I made some good friends down there and the back room staff were excellent. When I was there they had kids from 5 to 16 playing and then they would be taken into the Academy and through to the first team like me.

“They have a lot of youngsters coming through and they will be blooded throughout next season. Perhaps it was a little too early for them this year.

“They have set out their intent by bringing in some old heads to help those youngsters and hopefully that intent is to bounce straight back up and not stay in the Championship.

“One thing I know about London; and it was the same when I was there – and I’ve told the lads here – is that they are a team that never gives up. Even when they are getting pumped they won’t give up or they will be hooked and off. That has stayed with them all year.

“We ran away with the game at Langtree Park and they kept coming. If you go there expecting to win then we will have a tricky time.”

He continued: “My form has been better over recent weeks. I had a mid-season dip but have got closer to where I was. There is a lot of competition in the pack too.

“Mose Masoe, Alex Walmsley, Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor are fit with the likes of Greg Richards and Luke Thompson chewing at the bit to get going.

“As a team we are frustrated with leaking tries late on as they are making our wins look closer than they are. That happened on Friday.

“We’ve had some bad losses and that is down to us as players not performing well. When we do click we are a dangerous team. It is up to us to go out with right mentality and not just think we are going to come away with two points. That is important this week; we need to have a hardnosed mentality.

“It is tight at the top and our goal is to finish top before the playoffs. We have been there for a while now and we don’t want to get knocked off because of poor performances.”

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