Former All Black Bruce Reihana knows his team have to come up with something new against Wasps if they are to overturn last weekend’s 35-29 defeat against the same opposition.
However with the prize of a Heineken Cup final at Twickenham at stake, the Saints are determined to do whatever it takes to get through the semi-final stage at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
“We have to be stubborn, we will be throwing a lot more fire at them and they will be doing the same back to us so it will be a great encounter,” said Reihana, who is hoping to recover from injury to play.
“We need to make sure we stick tight and do not give any easy points away because in games this tight that makes the difference between winning and losing.
“It is about giving everything you have got and if you don’t have enough to just have to stay on there and find it from somewhere. I am looking forward to doing that.”
31-year-old Reihana was capped twice by New Zealand, but has missed most of this season with a knee injury. He says the squad are focussed on one of the biggest games of their lives up against the 2004 champions.
“I never made a semi-final in the Super 12 back home so this is a huge opportunity and I certainly do not want let it slip away. I will be throwing everything I have got at them and I know my boys will be right behind me,” said Reihana.
“We are in very, very good spirits, the guys are hugely excited about the weekend, a one-off chance in the semi-final of the Heineken Cup so it does not get any better than that,” he said.
“Of course to have another chance at Wasps is special so we are thoroughly looking forward to it.
“We know what is ahead of us, Wasps are an outstanding team but we know if we fire the right shots we can come away with a win so we will give it a blast.
“We have had a lot of ups and more downs this year but we are very positive and everyone is working very hard for the cause. Spirit amongst the camp is great and there is no better way to have boosted that than to beat Biarritz and give ourselves a chance of a final at Twickenham.
“We have had a lot of away fixtures where we only have 2-500 fans and they still make a heck of a lot of noise. Our fans have been fantastic and I cannot wait to hear them make some noise at the weekend.”