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“We didn’t do anything magical”-George Hendy on Gloucester win

Red-hot Northampton Saints winger George Hendy insists his side ‘didn’t do anything too magical’ in their 90-0 thrashing of Gloucester. 

The Saints ran in 14 tries against the Cherry and White on their way to booking a home semi-final for the first time since 2014.

Speaking to the media after the game, Hendy detailed how his side ‘just did their jobs’: “It definitely feels good. I think this game was as big as last week’s Leinster game for us. We knew if we did our jobs right and put our game on the pitch that we’d have a real good shot at getting a home semi-final.

He added: “Even looking at that score line, we actually didn’t do anything too magical. Everybody just did their jobs pretty well, but it was pretty special to be a part of.”

Phil Dowson’s side led 40-0 at half-time, but rather than resting on their laurels they came out even stronger in the second-half to add another 50 points to their tally. The victory was also the biggest ever for a home team in Premiership history.

“We were just firing about like a 8 or 9 out of 10 for the majority of that game,” Hendy continued. “I think everybody did their job exactly how we train it in the week. Once you get that momentum it allows some of the lads to pull the rabbit out of the hat every now and then.

He added: “You see some of the offloads that some of our players are doing, breaking tackles; that’s just the good group that we’ve got. If we do the basics right it allows us to go and do all the fun stuff afterwards.”

Hendy and the rest of the Northampton squad now turn their attention to Bath next Saturday.

George Hendy on preparing for another semi-final

George Hendy-Credit: IMAGO

Credit: IMAGO

Northampton’s victory has booked a home semi-final in the Premiership, however it will be the club’s second this season.

The Saints have already played in a Champions Cup semi-final this year, where they were made to pay for a slow start in a 20-17 defeat.

Commenting on the lessons they can take from that into their Premiership semi-final, Hendy said: “The biggest lesson we took out of it was that we’ve actually still got a lot of confidence in our game plan. We only performed how we want to perform in the last 20 minutes of that game at Croke Park, and and we only lost by three points. I think we took a load of confidence out of that. Yes it stings, and yes it hurts; but I think we now know that we’ve got a lot of confidence going forward into the semi-finals and hopefully the final.

He also detailed the feeling at half-time allowed them to focus on the task at hand this weekend.

“We were frustrated at half-time (against Leinster) because it felt like we hadn’t fired a shot yet. They’d thrown everything at us and they only had 12 points to show for it. We were was just trying to work out how we could get our game plan onto the pitch; and that was our focus was this week.

He added: “We took it right back down to the basics and just tried to have a look at how we can get our game plan on the pitch for 80 minutes and not just 20 minutes at the end of a game.”

Northampton’s semi-final will take place on Friday 31st May at 7:45pm.