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Northampton Saints boss Phil Dowson on building momentum following seventh win in a row

Yesterday, Northampton Saints laid down another marker of their title credentials as they recorded a famous 26-point comeback at Sandy Park, and boss Phil Dowson says his team are building momentum ahead of the run in.

This win over Exeter is Northampton’s seventh win in a row in all competitions, a run which has also seen them beat Harlequins, Saracens and Sale.

Speaking to the media yesterday following his side’s 42-36 win, Dowson said his side were generating momentum ahead of the run in.

“That does generate momentum, there’s a lot of feel good there.” he said.

Northampton had to do it tough yesterday to secure their bonus-point win. Dowson’s side came back from 26 points down, but their second-half performance got them over the line. In the last 40 they ran in five tries, including Rory Hutchinson’s last gasp effort.

Whilst the result did end in Northampton’s favour, Dowson highlighted his side’s second-half performance would have helped carry that momentum on even if they lost: “Even if we lost today; in that last try for example if it doesn’t given I think you talk about the performance in the second half, that should still give us momentum.

He added: “We should still be energised and celebrate the fact that we got some of us on the pitch in the second half.”

The Saints recent purple patch has seen them skyrocket up the Premiership table into first place.

Their last defeat came against Leicester Tigers in the East Midlands derby, but they have since gone onto beat Sale Sharks, Saracens, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester.

They also find themselves unbeaten in Europe, as they saw off both Toulon and Glasgow Warriors.

Dowson detailed a key aspect of this run has been taking the focus away from the result: “We talk all the time about not worrying too much about the results.

“We talk about our performance and what gives us that opportunity; training, meetings, the lads recovering right, sleeping right, all those sorts of things; and just trying to keep going until February where we can down tools and you can have a little bit of a break and get away from rugby and start all over again.”

The Saints now turn their attention to Bayonne next week, but it is clear there is a gathering momentum behind Phil Dowson’s side.