Saints secured their first victory on home soil yesterday in a nail-biter against Exeter Chiefs with a last minute penalty from Harry Mallinder sealing the deal after the team worked hard to come back from a 13-point deficit.
Jim Mallinder was happy that his team had managed to secure the win after strong performances over the past two weeks ended in disappointing losses for his side.
“It was a worrying time in those first few minutes,” Mallinder told SaintsTV after the game last night.
“But fortunately we scored a good team try, got back up there and then scored an absolutely outstanding try. A break by George North and finished with Nic Groom to Rory Hutchinson. It was very, very pleasing.”
Speaking about the young players that have come into the side following injuries to senior players, Mallinder said he was happy with the performances of the new-comers such as yesterday’s debutant Rory Hutchinson.
“We have got a few experienced players out at the moment, particularly in that midfield and half-back. Lee Dickson, Stephen Myler, JJ Hanrahan, Luther Burrell; lots of experienced players who have played a lot of rugby not in the team.
“But we’re very, very fortunate that we’ve got these players coming through and you’ve got to trust them sometimes. I was delighted with all three of the younger guys’ performances.”
Mallinder said the win was a huge boost for the team and that the continued support from the supporters at Franklin’s Gardens was what got them there.
“It was massive for us. We’ve had a poor start, to lose the last two games at home is not good. It’s not good for the crowd but I thought they were magnificent again in getting behind the team and really giving us a massive lift.
“So I’m really pleased for the crowd, pleased for the players. Hopefully we can take that win and use the momentum to take into next week.”