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London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones targets crucial Northampton clash

Last Updated: 14/04/13 2:32pm

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Jones is fully aware of the questions Northampton will pose

Jones is fully aware of the questions Northampton will pose

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Coach Lyn Jones is under no illusions as to the task facing struggling London Welsh when they try and preserve their Aviva Premiership status by beating Northampton on Sunday.

Jones' men, 12 points adrift at the bottom of the table, welcome Saints to the Kassam Stadium knowing that anything less than victory could seal their passage back to the Championship - and Jones knows the visitors will make it tough.

"Although we were disappointed with the final result at Bath (two weeks ago), we again felt that we showed massive signs of improvement and that the scoreline did not reflect the efforts our players put in," he said.

"A losing bonus point would have been thoroughly deserved, and we hope to go one better on Sunday.

"Northampton are a side that is hurting at the moment after their defeat to Leicester, and are attempting to join Harlequins, Saracens and Tigers in the elite bracket of the Premiership.

"We are under no illusions as to the size of that challenge they will pose on Sunday. They have got quality players from 1 to 15."

For their part, Northampton are desperate to secure their spot in the play-offs, and Saints fly-half Stephen Myler said: "We've got three games coming up now where we can hopefully secure a play-off spot, which is where we want to be.

"It is in our own hands, which is a good thing, and we are looking to up our game and come away with the vital points."

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