Saints confident ahead of Perpignan clash

Northampton Saints chief executive Allan Robson is confident that this coming weekend’s Heineken Cup clash between the Saints and Perpignan will beat the big freeze.

Just one of last weekend’s Guinness Premiership fixtures survived the weather, and scores of postponements decimated the schedules of most sports throughout the UK.

But Robson says that the Saints have experience of making pitches playable and that there should be no issues regarding access to the Franklin’s Gardens stadium.

“Last February we had a worse pitch situation than we have at present,” he said.

“Less than 72 hours before our game against Saracens there were four inches of snow and ice on the pitch, yet with a lot of work from Sports and Stadia Services and our own stadium management team the game went ahead.

“This year we are in a much better position. The pitch has been covered since the London Irish game on January 2nd and once the snow is cleared we know that the warming kits are effective, as it proved last February.

“In comparison to many stadiums in England we have excellent access, with good roads and mainly flat surfaces. Of course everyone will have to take care on their way to the ground, but all of our access ways should be clear.

“Sunday’s game against Perpignan is one we very much want to play, and one that we need to win if we are to keep alive our quarter final qualification hopes.

“We know our fans are hungry for some rugby, and we intend to deliver it for them this weekend.”






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