Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan is wary of a backlash from a Saints side he labels ‘a big, strong, wounded animal’.
Reddan was one of the try scorers last weekend as his team ran riot at Franklin’s Gardens, claiming a 40-7 Heineken Cup Pool 1 victory.
Northampton and Leinster will lock horns once again on Saturday, with Jim Mallinder’s men desperate to make amends for that home horror show.
And Reddan knows he and his team-mates cannot afford to get complacent as they bid to take another big step towards a quarter-final place.
“When the score goes like that, protection mode kicks in and you know the potential downfalls of that,” said the Ireland international.
“We’ve all obviously played a lot of Heineken Cup now and we know the nature of the back-to-back games and we also know the nature of when you’ve got a wounded animal, especially a big, strong wounded animal back in Dublin next week.
“There’s 40,000 tickets sold already and everyone knows it’s going to be a big game and that kind of atmosphere and crowd, it’ll be another one-off occasion like last Saturday.”