'Play like that against Leicester and we'll get murdered' - Boyd quick to ground Saints after Irish win

Chris Boyd insists Saints will 'get murdered' if they replicate their level of performance in the win against London Irish at Leicester next Saturday.

Chris Boyd
Chris Boyd

Boyd was far from overjoyed with how his side played against Irish on Friday night, despite the fact they scored six tries and moved into the Gallagher Premiership top four in the process.

Alex Mitchell and Ollie Sleightholme both notched two tries, with Fraser Dingwall and Piers Francis also dotting down in the 44-26 success at Franklin's Gardens.

But Boyd was quick to bring his players back down to earth ahead of next weekend's derby date at Welford Road.

"If we play like that next week against Leicester we'll get murdered," Boyd said.

"It will be a different challenge to what London Irish posed, we know what's coming and we'll look forward to the week to prepare."

Boyd had spoken in the build-up to the Irish game about the need for his side to 'get up emotionally' for all of their final seven Premiership regular-season games.

And when asked whether he thought they achieved that on Friday night, he said: "Partially.

"We're happy offensively, but defensively we've got to be much more ruthless and much more clinical.

"Guys were dropping off tackles that don't normally so there will be some disappointed individuals.

"It's nice to get five points at home and nice to have an eight-day turnaround, then we get a week off after that so we can put all our eggs in one basket."

On the overall showing against Irish, Boyd added: "I spoke to the coaches after and asked them what they thought that performance was out of 10 and we thought it was somewhere between six and a half and seven so there's plenty of movement for us to be way better than that."