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Jim Mallinder said that Saints must use the opening loss to Saracens to continue to drive them through the season

Mallinder: That's the standard we need to set for the rest of the season

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bouncing back from their disappointing season opener to defeat Leicester Tigers for the first time since 2014 on Saturday with an impressive 24-11 win, Saints' attentions are now turned to this Friday's task of the as yet unbeaten Bath.

Jim Mallinder is keen to keep the round one defeat to Saracens in the team's mind, despite the historic win this weekend, though as the side look ahead to this Friday night's game.

"We've shown what we can do," Mallinder commented after the win over Tigers.

"We've got Bath coming now on Friday so we need to make sure that we have that same intensity in the week.

"We need to keep learning from those lessons of the first week, that's still going to be a real drive for us for the rest of the season.

"I think the lads knew they played badly against Saracens and it was their response. You've got to win the collisions, particularly against the big sides. At Twickenham, we weren't.

"This week though, we were putting them under pressure and Tigers' England half-backs (Ben Youngs and George Ford) couldn't control the game.

"We had to respond like that - there was no other way.

"We spoke about it during the week and it (the defeat to Saracens) has got to be a good reminder for us for the rest of the season.

"In this game, you've got to be physical, you've got to get that intensity - and we didn't do that at Twickenham.

"This week, we stepped up and you could tell from the first minute we were up for it.

"That's the standard we need to set for the rest of the season."

Mallinder was also full of praise for the team's senior players stepping up when they were needed.

"I said we'd had a good pre-season and though some people might have doubted that last week, I know we've got some good players," Mallinder said.

"Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes really led from the front and showed what they were about.

"The two second rows (Michael Paterson and Christian Day) worked really hard.

"It was a team effort."


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