Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says he is under no illusions as to the desire of the Saints’ supporters to see the team succeed, and says that this is mirrored by everyone working at Franklin’s Gardens.
“We’ve got a fantastic bunch of lads and so many good people working at the club who are all desperate for the club to succeed,” Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton. “That’s from the Barwells to the board to all the supporters. I understand how frustrated they are, I see them all the time – even when I’m walking my dog! I get it, and we’re trying to make it better.”
The Saints face the challenge of a trip to Dublin to face Leinster on Saturday night eight days after the Pool 4 leaders took home a win from Franklin’s Gardens. And Mallinder says that the players will need to have a positive attitude if the team is to come away from the Aviva Stadium with a good result.
“We’ve got to go out there and play some rugby; we’re not going to beat them playing 10-man rugby,” he said. “They’ve clearly got a good pack who put our forwards under pressure in the set piece, particularly the scrum, although we did well on our lineouts and they did well on their lineouts.
“We’ll be looking to be better there and we’ll be looking to play some rugby. I saw some improvements in our game, in our accuracy and getting the ball wide at certain times. We need to keep building on that.
“Discipline is of course a major area, and if we don’t improve there we’re going to suffer.”
The full interview will be in this week’s The Saints Show, tonight on BBC Radio Northampton from 6pm.