■ The Northampton forward looks ahead to tomorrow’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final with Exeter at Sandy Park
How do you reflect on the club’s season so far?
We were always aiming for top four. We’ve scraped in by the skin of our teeth but that means we can say it has been a good season. We’re looking to make it an excellent one by going a couple of steps further.
What does reaching the semi-final mean to Saints?
To be back up with the big boys and challenging for silverware is big. Northampton is a rugby town and we’ve under-performed for the last couple of years, so it’s great to be back.
Exeter beat you last week. How do you view them?
It’s always interesting to play a team back-to-back as you get a feel for each other and there’s a bit of double bluff on your tactics and selection. We’ll do things differently this time.
Would you rather be underdogs or favourites?
We’re underdogs because of league positions — they finished top and we were fourth — but they know we’re dangerous. If they don’t get things right we can beat Exeter. We beat them at home quite convincingly. When we’re flowing, we’re difficult to stop.
Which Exeter player do you most admire?
All of them. I’ve played with Matt Kvesic — I know how good he is, what an athlete he is, and he’s been brilliant this year. Don Armand and Dave Ewers are ferocious around the pitch. You relish that kind of challenge, though.
What has been your biggest achievement of the Premiership season?
I suffered with injury over the summer so my biggest is being back as a functioning part of the team. I’ve played lots of games, I feel fit and strong. I feel as good as I ever have.
Will there be extra nerves?
Many of our players don’t carry that much baggage — most haven’t been in this position. There are always nerves going into big knockout games but it’s mostly an eagerness to get out there and perform.
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