Myler to keep Northampton Saints marching on

Having won his kicking duel with Dan Parks in the first leg of the back-to-back games with Cardiff Blues, Steve Myler is hoping to outgun the Scottish marksman a second time this weekend to keep Northampton Saints on course for a fourth successive victory in Pool 1.

The Saints outside half managed a 100 per cent record of five out of five goal kicks in his side’s 23-15 home win last weekend to pick up 13 invaluable points and take his Heineken Cup tally to 32 this season.

Parks bagged all the Blues’ points with five out of six penalty successes, firing a warning to the Saints ahead of their trip to the Welsh capital on Sunday.

“We gave away a few penalties in the first-half and Dan was kicking well. We will need to address that because we don’t want to give them a toe hold in the game this weekend,” said Myler.

“Dan has been around the block and knows how to make the most of his chances. He is a quality kicker and he is a threat to us.

“This weekend is massive for us. We are happy with the first win over the Blues, but we are under no illusions as to how difficult a task we face next time.

“We need to work hard in training this week in order to show what we are made of on Sunday. We have won three out of three, but we have to go and show we are worthy of another win.”

It is 10 years since the Saints became only the second English club to win the Heineken Cup, although Jim Mallinder’s men have ended the past two seasons with a trophy. Two season ago it was the Amlin Challenge Cup, while last season they picked up the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup.

Now the sights are being set higher by a team that were the only English quarter-finalists last season and who are currently the runaway leaders of the English Premiership.

“The Heineken Cup is a massive aim for us, but we know can’t look too far ahead. If we aren’t prepared for next week then we will never get there,” said Myler.

“It is great as a back line to play behind a pack that is performing so well – and long may that continue. If our forwards are performing at set piece time then it goes a long way to helping you win games.

“But we can’t rest on our laurels and expect things to happen – we aren’t owed anything in this competition. We have to work hard this week and be ready to go again.”

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