Saints upturn pleases Ludlam

18 February 2021 00:00:55 GMTPlus10

Northampton Saints flanker Lewis Ludlam has hailed his team-mates for turning their campaign around since the turn of the year.

The Saints had endured a 12-match winless run before they beat Worcester Warriors on Boxing Day, but that victory has galvanised them and they followed it up with a 31-26 win against Gloucester and a 22-17 success at Wasps.

There's been a definite shift and improvement.

Lewis Ludlam

They face a tough test on Saturday, however, as they travel to Devon to face reigning Premiership champions Exeter, who have picked themselves up recently too.

The Chiefs beat London Irish 26-3 last week, which was their third successive victory after they suffered defeats to Wasps and Bristol in early January.

Ludlam, who played in four of England's six matches at the 2019 World Cup and scored his first international try in the 45-7 victory over the USA in Japan, is delighted with the way the Saints have stuck together and turned the corner under director of rugby Chris Boyd.

The 25-year-old told the Chronicle and Echo: "We've worked really hard on the defensive side of our game and that's been prominent in the past couple of matches to help us see them out.

"There's been a definite shift and improvement and that mental side is something we're actively talking about.

"Boydy always said that when that win came it would be a snowball effect and we've seen that. I'm really proud of where this side has got to in the past few weeks, to dig ourselves out of that losing streak."

Saints are 4/1 to win at Exeter, who are 1/6 to come out on top on Saturday.

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