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Rugby Union

Saints chief targets further improvement

29th December 2018, 08:49 by Jack Ogalbe

Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd believes there is more to come from his side after Friday's 31-28 win over Exeter.

The Saints went into the game possessing the second worst home record in the Gallagher Premiership but started well, with both Piers Francis and Dan Biggar crossing early on.

Exeter pressure saw them get on the board through a penalty try before Santiago Cordero crossed to level things up.

Fraser Dingwall then put Saints back ahead going into the break and after Ben Moon and Matt Kvesic had given Exeter the lead, Biggar converted Cobus Reinach's try and then slotted a penalty to give the hosts the win.

After beating Worcester before Christmas, Friday's win over the leaders lifts Northampton to fourth in the table and Boyd believes the signs are good for his troops after a mixed first half of his first campaign in charge.

"We've been going north in terms of performances," Boyd said. "It hasn't been showing up in the results column. But it's a good Christmas present to pick up nine points in two games.

"The result will do wonders for our self-belief as we've lacked a bit of that.

"It's getting better all the time as we were playing 20-30 good, then 20 minutes bad."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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