Boyd’s Northampton in good form

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Northampton have won six of their nine Premiership games this season, and they beat Bath for the first time in five outings. They are in third place in the competition on 30 points, behind Leicester (41) and Saracens (32).

 

Disappointed with aspects of the win over Bath, he was 'happyish' with where the side was at, ahead of Saturday's opening game in Europe against French club Racing 92.

 

"I don't think Bath were in any particular hurry to play the game," he said.

 

"We try to play the game with tempo, but we were guilty of giving away penalties in that middle third that led to us conceding a couple of soft tries that we're pretty grumpy about.

 

"There's plenty of work to do. If people are going to score tries against you, you want them to have to earn them," he said.

 

But while there were a couple of games in which they could have done better, he felt the side was well-placed among the leading teams.

 

"We're in the hunt," he said.

 


Contributing to that success has been centre and former Hurricanes player Matt Proctor. He has recovered from a concussion and a hand injury that reduced his opportunities earlier in the season.

 

Having played much of his first season with the club on the wing, Proctor has been getting more games at centre lately.

 

"Last year was quite hard with Covid because it was a bit disjointed so that made it hard, but everything's back to normal.

 

"The crowds are back, and everything's the way it was before, so it's enjoyable.

 

"My hand's feeling all right now. It's still a bit sore, but it's a lot better than it was. This season it's been nice to get a good run of games and stay injury free. Picking up little niggles here and there has been what's let me down in the past, but so far it's been good," he said.

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