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Mallinder: Next week is absolutely crucial

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Despite losing their second game in the European Champions Cup as they travelled to last year's finalists Clermont Auvergne, Saints rallied together after their opening defeat to perform well against the current French champions.

Jim Mallinder said that the side were disappointed to come away on the losing side but were pleased to have come out fighting this weekend against such a strong side and in front of such a passionate crowd.

"It's a fantastic place to come and play," Mallinder commented to SaintsTV after the game yesterday.

"They've got a brilliant thing going here. I think the boys enjoyed the environment, they enjoyed the atmosphere, it was intimidating.

"But we're disappointed that we couldn't improve. We did some very good things but there were some things that we just didn't get right today.

"We'd got more possession than them, more territory but we need to take our chances. They did. They didn't have too much ball but scored too easily really. When we had the ball we really had to work hard and we really weren't accurate enough and that's certainly an area where we need to improve for next week.

"It was a completely different performance from last weekend. We were up against a tough side, away from home, in an atmosphere where were could have folded and we went down to 14 men.

"It's disappointing that we conceded like we did but we had a fantastic comeback and though we only got one try on the board there were some fantastic pieces of play out there."

As Saints head back into the Aviva Premiership this coming weekend, to face new local rivals Wasps, Mallinder said that the side must regroup quickly if they are to continue to build their momentum in the league. 

"We've got to do that. We've lost the game now and we've got to forget about Europe for a short period of time.

"Next week becomes an absolutely crucial game. We've got a home game against Wasps after a good start in the league, we're third, and we need to make sure we get a win next week to keep that momentum going."

It's back to the Aviva Premiership and the Gardens this week as the Saints, who sit third, host Wasps.

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