Struggling Saints seek Cup fillip

By Phil Jackson.   Last Updated: 16/04/07 1:07pm

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Winger Sean Lamont believes Northampton Saints can overcome their underdog status in the Heineken Cup semi-final against London Wasps on Sunday.

A 35-29 defeat to Wasps on Sunday sees Saints still propping up the Guinness Premiership table, with just one vital game remaining.

That crunch encounter at home to London Irish comes on April 28, but first up is an immediate chance for revenge against Wasps in the European cup competition.

Having stunned Biarritz Olympique in San Sebastian in the quarter-final, Scottish international Lamont is looking forward to playing without too much pressure for a change.

"We will be the underdogs, no doubt about that," Lamont said. "We are not doing well in the Premiership, so everyone is expecting Wasps to turn us over.

"But this is a straight knockout match and, while it would be marvellous for us to reach the final, the pressure is on Wasps."

Lamont still expects to see his side triumph though, despite the obvious talent he recognises among the Londoners' squad.

"Wasps have got a great pack full of experienced players and some dangerous backs," he added. "They are good across the board and it is going to be a tough challenge for us.

"We have been on the wrong side of a result by a single score in a number of matches this season though, and it would be great to be on the right side of the result this time.

"It is not about winning pretty for us - it is all about just winning full stop. I would love to experience a final."

Live coverage of the all-English semi-final from Coventry's Ricoh Arena kicks off at 3pm on Sky Sports 2.