Fans’ favourite Manoa becoming the new Mujati at Saints

FANS' FAVOURITE - Samu Manoa (Picture: James Phillips)

FANS' FAVOURITE - Samu Manoa (Picture: James Phillips)

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Samu Manoa is revelling in his status as a Saints fans’ favourite.

The powerhouse lock enhanced his burgeoning reputation with another two blockbusting scores to seal a 20-16 LV= Cup win against Saracens last weekend.

Supporters in the Gordon Terrace were once again in full voice as they serenaded their American star to the tune of Seven Nation Army.

And Manoa is happy to be following in the footsteps of former Saints prop Brian Mujati in claiming his own Franklin’s Gardens chant.

“I thought I was tripping when I came back from my first try and I heard them singing a song with my name in it,” said Manoa. “It’s good.

“I suppose I can see myself like Mooj and that was good.

“It was a good game and we’ve got good support. I’m loving it here.”

Saints have now won their past three games against Saracens, with Manoa man of the match in each one.

And the current player of the year believes he and his team-mates have got into the minds of their rivals.

Manoa said: “It started from the semi-final win there in May and I think we got in their head a little bit.

“Every game is a crucial game and we really wanted that semi-final. We got it.”