Saturday, January 15, 2011
Northampton Saints secured top spot in Pool One of the Heineken Cup as they scored five tries to beat Edinburgh 37-0 at Franklins Gardens on Friday night. The home side bounced back from successive Premiership defeats to overwhelm the visitors.
Saints became the first side to secure a quarter-final place after the convincing win, which was helped in large part by some good finishing from nuggety left wing Paul Diggin, who scored four well taken tries.
"He's not the fastest in the league but he gets in some very good positions and understands the game, he played very well," said coach Jim Mallinder.
"We are delighted to be in the quarter-finals, it's a great step for the club and we'll try and get a home semi-final," he added.
Diggin scored his hat-trick after a generous pass from Joe Ansbro following another great run from fullback Ben Foden, who looked dangerous all night. He picked up his fourth with time almost up as Bruce Reihana streaked down the wing before providing the scoring pass.
"I've actually scored five tries for the club before, against Sedgley Park in Division One," said Diggin, who feels his side are well positioned to be a big threat.
"The pack are unbelievable, providing Stephen Myler with an armchair ride. We have been to the big arenas now so we don't fear anyone. We can win this tournament as the competition for places is so fierce," he added.