Gibson hopes for league upturn

07 February 2018 06:27:15 EST

Northampton Saints flanker Jamie Gibson hopes that they can take their recent improved form back into the Aviva Premiership.

The Midlanders take on Bath on Friday night having won four of their past five matches, including successive victories in the Anglo-Welsh Cup which secured a semi-final place.

With the Saints improving since Alan Gaffney's arrival as coaching consultant, Gibson is looking to help continue their development this weekend.

"Champions Cup and Anglo-Welsh tournaments bring us a break in the Premiership season so in many ways it's a good thing," he said.

"The Six Nations period is always massive, especially when you're looking for league position towards the end of the season.

"If we can pick up a couple of away wins and make sure we win our games at home again, it will give us a real building block to go into the last couple of months of the season."

Northampton were impressive last weekend in dismantling Harlequins 36-10 in the Anglo-Welsh competition and Gibson was delighted with their performance as they sealed their passage into the last four.

He added: "It's always a focus (to start well), especially against Quins. If you give them momentum, they're a dangerous side, they can score from anywhere on the pitch.

"On the pitch, whether you need to score more or not, you've got to do whatever you can to win the match and that goes from the zero to the 80th minute. It's enough to focus from the players' point of view."

Meanwhile, Bath are 1212/1 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final this season, with Wasps 7/1 and Exeter Chiefs 13/10.

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