Hartley tired of looking back

29 December 2017 19:30:48 GMTPlus10

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley is confident that the team and coaches will find a way of getting back on track following a disastrous run.

The Midlanders have lost their last six Aviva Premiership matches in a run which cost director of rugby Jim Mallinder his job.

Some people have criticised the Saints board for not dispensing with other members of the backroom staff, most notably forwards coach Dorian West, but Hartley does not believe that helps matters.

"That's people from the outside pointing fingers not knowing what they're talking about," he said. "People that form opinion and fill column inches, it's easy for them to fire bullets at the team.

"I understand there are frustrations but I wholeheartedly believe in the people we have in the room. I see how hard people work and it is personal.

"All we can do is review, get better, keep learning, keep improving and keep working towards that performance and win, and we'll find it. When we find it, it's going to be a bloody sweet one but I fully trust what we're doing."

Hartley also believes that they now have to start looking forward rather than harking back to the days of their Premiership victory in 2014.

He added: "This frustrates me as well; we look back a lot. We look back to past success and we've got to appreciate that we're not that team. We've got to appreciate that we're a new squad and we've got to find our identity."

Saracens are 2.10 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final this season, while Wasps can be backed at 9.00 and Exeter at 2.30.

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