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Mallinder: It's up to the Wanderers to step up

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After a frustrating run out at Franklin's Gardens yesterday, as Saints fell to a dominant Wasps side, the side must put those frustrations behind them as all attentions now turn to the new challenge of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Jim Mallinder said that while he was pleased with some of the elements of Saints' performance against Wasps, a lack of accuracy at crucial moments cost them.

"I think we did some good things," Mallinder commented after the game, "I think the mentality was right. We were carrying hard, we were getting over their advantage line; there just wasn't enough accuracy.

"You need to control the game and you need to be better. We've got to look at ourselves, look at our game plan."

Looking straight ahead to next weekend and the very different challenge of a new competition, Mallinder is confident that the wider squad can make the leap from the Wanderers to the first team to fill the void left by the internationals.

"I think it's probably come at a good time for us. The Wanderers are playing really well, we've got some good lads there.

"It's going to give them an opportunity to play some rugby and to put their hand up to push for a first team spot for when the league restarts.

"Those games are crucial to us; we've got two games now with the internationals away and it's up to our squad to step up."

Next at the Gardens...

A new competition and a new focus in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Expect some fresh faces to step up from the unbeaten Wanderers to the first XV against Dragons.

Book tickets from £28 adults, £12 juniors at bit.ly/SAI-DRA-AWC

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