Hartley eyes Northampton treble

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Dylan Hartley is convinced Northampton are capable of completing a famous treble this season.

Saints have already lifted the LV= Cup, sit second in the Guinness Premiership and face a Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster in Limerick on Saturday.

"We are lucky enough to still be in the mix for the Premiership and Heineken Cup," said the club captain.

"There are nine games left if we keep winning. Every game for us now is massive.

"Premiership-wise we want to keep winning and put ourselves at the top to get a home semi-final.

"If I was asked which do I want to win more out of the Premiership and Heineken Cup I'd say both, because it's realistic. We are in the mix.

"I'd love to be able to sit here at the end of the season and say the treble was amazing.

"But Munster is a big enough job and you can't get too far ahead."

Hartley is stunned that back row Roger Wilson continues to be overlooked by Ireland selectors.

Rugged former Ulster forwards Wilson and Neil Best have been key components in Saints' success this season and will feature at Thomond Park.

Wilson has won a solitary Ireland cap in 2005 while Best made the last of his 18 Test appearances as a substitute in the 2007 World Cup.

Hartley expects them to play a key role against Munster and questions why Wilson has failed to gain greater international recognition.

"You look at those two boys and you know they will leave everything on the field on the weekend," said the Saints skipper.

"I think Roger Wilson is one of the most under-rated players I have every played with.

"I could easily see him in the Irish team, but for whatever reason he's not.

"He has been playing well for us every week. I know Neil Best will also be as mad and passionate as ever come Saturday."