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Mallinder: Top four chase likely to last until the end

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Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that the race for a top four spot is likely to stay as close as it is now until the end of the season.

With seven rounds of matches to be played just seven points separate third and eighth place in the Aviva Premiership table. Indeed, Saints’ own position went up and down throughout the weekend, with Leicester’s victory over Exeter leaving the team in fifth place when Round 15 had been completed.

“I think it’s going to go right down to the wire,” says Mallinder. “Every team is capable of beating any other and we genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen from week to week.”

The Saints are going into this Saturday’s game with Sale on the back of a run of four wins from their last five games, but with the league being as tight as it is Mallinder says the most important thing is not to focus on other teams’ results. 

“I think we’ve just got to look after our own form and keep playing well,” he added. “We need to keep that momentum going, and that starts with Sale at home next week. That’s all we’re focussing on.”

Every voice counts in the chase for the Aviva Premiership semi-finals, and you can make the difference by getting behind the team when they take on Sale Sharks on March 12th.

Book tickets online at www.tinyurl.com/SAI-SAL-1516 and use [email protected] to save the admin fees and beat the match day queues!

And don’t forget that England’s Six Nations match against Wales will be shown live from Twickenham in the bars straight after the end of the Saints’ game.