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Mallinder keen to keep building momentum

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Heading back to the Gardens this weekend after a successful trip to the Madejski Stadium saw Saints leave Reading with the full five points, the men in black, green and gold are looking to keep their momentum high as they host Harlequins on Saturday.

Harry Mallinder, who already has 32 points to his name this season, said that Saints are focussed on building on their current run of good form, but that they still keep their opening loss to Saracens in the back of their minds.

"We had a very good preseason. The full squad effort was great and the Saracens game was a real disappointment. It was frustrating considering how much hard work we'd put in.

"We've learned lots from it but at the same time we've put it to bed. We use it as a reference point, as something that we don't want to go back to for the rest of the year.

"It was good for us in a way because we've learned an awful lot from it.

"But now we've put in some really good performances and I think week on week we're building towards something good.

"There's plenty of room for improvement and we've identified that already from the Irish game but I think we're taking big steps in the right direction."

Looking ahead to this weekend's opposition, Harlequins, who beat last year's Aviva Premiership runners-up Wasps at the Ricoh Arena two weekends ago, Mallinder said that Saints are aware of how good a side Quins can be on their day. 

"They're a very good team," he commented, "There's some great individuals but they're very good as a team too.

"They've also got that new lad Marcus Smith in, who's a good player if you give him some times and space.

"So they've got challenges across the board but we're excited for it. We're back at home and we just want to build upon the good start at home that we've made."

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