Northampton Saints skipper Alex Waller wants to chop Saracens down to size after last season’s hammerings


ALEX WALLER is used to chopping things down to size in his woodwork shed.

Although last season, the talented prop-turned chippy’s Northampton Saints were well and truly stumped by fierce rivals Saracens.

Alex Waller showed SunSport his skills in his workshop
Jamie McPhilemy
Waller is master craftsman on and off the pitch
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Four games. Four defeats. Oh. . . and 237 points shipped to the Premiership champions.

Saints were sinners and Sarries were grinners.

But carpenter and captain Waller reckons his new-look side can pull-up trees at Franklin’s Gardens again.

Speaking to SunSport from his Northamptonshire workshop, he said: “The Sarries defeats were a bit of a humbler.

Saints were hammered FOUR times by Saracens last season

“They are a great team and their trophy cabinet speaks for itself. But it was difficult to take. To have four of those in a season was pretty disappointing. . .and upsetting.

“It left a bitter taste in the mouth and everyone was saying everything under the sun on social media – so you want to prove them wrong and give the fans some redemption.

This weekend’s rugby

Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks (Saturday, 3pm, Sandy Park)
JACK NOWELL makes his first Chiefs start of the season as Rob Baxter’s side look to keep up their 100 per cent win record.
Sale Sharks are boosted by the return of Tom Curry, who replaces twin brother Ben at openside.

Harlequins v Bath (Saturday, 3pm, The Stoop)
JOE MARLER has recovered from a dead leg start start in the front row – but Quins are without crocked Mike Brown, Jack Clifford and Kyle Sinckler.
Wales second row Luke Charteris captains Bath as they look to pick up their first win of the season.

Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons (Saturday, 3pm, Sixways)
PREMIERSHIP player-of-the-year Niki Goneva misses out through injury for Newcastle Falcons – so Adam Radwan comes in for the flying Fijian.
Warriors welcome Francois Hougaard back to their starting line-up – but England centre Ben Te’o is still out.

Wasps v Leicester Tigers (Sunday, 3pm, Ricoh Arena)
LIMA SOPOAGA makes his full debut for Wasps after the fly-half arrived at the club from New Zealand this month.
Manu Tuilagi (pictured) makes his century of Tigers appearances after scoring the try of the round last week – Dan Cole marks his double ton in the front row.

“I’m looking forward to flying in on Saturday, though. We’re an ambitious club and we want to win trophies and reward our supporters after the last few years.

“I’m very optimistic for this season, but it’s a building process now under Chris Boyd and hopefully the future is bright. Every morning I wake up and I’m like: ‘Yeah, sweet – let’s go to work.’

Waller was named co-captain at Saints this season with Dylan Hartley