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Northampton star Lewis Ludlam enjoys the underdog tag as flanker targets the Champions Cup

‘I don’t think anyone outside of our group expects us to get a result’: Northampton star Lewis Ludlam enjoys underdog tag and aims Champions Cup upset at Exeter

  • Lewis Ludlam believes the ‘pressure is gone’ in Northampton prior to the Exeter collision
  • The Saints have called into proposition after four injuries in emergency cover
  • The flanker also confessed: ‘We know we are underperforming at the moment’

Northampton flanker Lewis Ludlam believes his team can defeat Exeter on Sunday despite their gag crisis.

The Saints have made emergency cover for the daunting trip to Sandy Park, with 19-year-old Manny Iyogun starting after the club’s four main loose heads were injured.

While Exeter has become the dominant force in English rugby, Northampton is stuck in a scorching series of defeats, but Ludlam is hoping for an upset. “It’s a new game,” he said. ‘Sport is great for setbacks; it is an exciting challenge.

Lewis Ludlam believes that 'the pressure is off' Northampton Saints ahead of the Exeter collision

Lewis Ludlam believes that ‘the pressure is off’ Northampton Saints ahead of the Exeter collision

‘It will not be an easy task, but the pressure is gone. I don’t think anyone outside of our group expects us to go there to perform or get a result.

We look forward to the challenge of being the underdog. You don’t get many chances to play in these leagues and chances to win trophies. We will get off that field after we give it our all and hopefully that’s enough for a big upset.

‘We know that we are currently underperforming. We’re working hard to get that right and we’re also trying to get the details and the emotion behind it. ‘

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