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Mallinder: Time to regroup, starting this Saturday

It's a big month of games coming up for the Saints © www.atsportphoto.com

Rugby News Mallinder: Time to regroup, starting this Saturday

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder has called on players and supporters alike to regroup ahead of this weekend’s Heineken Cup trip to Dublin, saying that one game does not define a season.

Mallinder and his players were honest and upfront about how they felt after the home loss to Leinster, describing the game as “embarrassing” and apologising to the supporters for the performance.

But the Saints boss says that today is the day to draw a line under last Saturday’s game and to look forward to what is a big month of matches.

“We cannot hide from last Saturday, but we can’t let it define us either,” he said. “This week we have an immediate chance to show how quickly we can learn and how much we want to compete with a side who have been one of the best in Europe for a number of years.

“We want this week to be a springboard for what is a big month for all of our teams. We’ve got Aviva Premiership matches at Wasps and at home to Bath and Harlequins, while the Wanderers have the Aviva ‘A’ League final next Monday.

“Leinster have shown us the level we need to be at to succeed at the top of the game, and it was a significant step up from any other match we’ve played so far this season.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment, but we believe we’re better than we showed on Saturday, and will be putting everything into getting things right for the next few weeks and beyond.”

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