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Mallinder: We’re looking forward to the challenge of Bath

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Despite putting in a strong performance against Scarlets last weekend and racking up 50 points, Saints found themselves disappointingly out of the Anglo-Welsh Cup after the other results came in.

Coming back into the Aviva Premiership with mixed feelings about the last few games, then, Jim Mallinder said that while the side were disappointed, they will take the momentum of last weekend’s win in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as they head to Bath this Friday night.  

“It’s been a good tournament for us,” Mallinder commented about the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign on this week’s SaintsTV Show.

“In terms of enjoying the games and being an opportunity for some of younger players to come in and show what they can do. We won three out of the four games with the trip up to Newcastle probably being the stand out performance and result.

“We were pleased to win at the weekend. It was against a bit of depleted Scarlets team but you’ve got to play with what’s in front of you.

“So to get three out of four in those games was good but we’re ultimately it’s disappointing that we couldn’t go through.”

Travelling to the Rec this Friday night for their first Aviva Premiership game in four weeks to face Bath, Mallinder says the side are aware of the challenges that the fourth place side will pose but are looking forward to righting the wrongs of the last time the sides met in the season opener back in September.

“We’re looking forward to it and we know it’s going to be a step up in intensity.

“We were really disappointed out here with the result back in the first game of the season. It was a wet evening, we didn’t play particularly well, we had opportunities but we probably ran the ball a little bit too much and George Ford took his points.

“Hopefully we’ll learn a little bit from that, in terms of game management, and we’ll have to see what the conditions are like on Friday and play to those conditions but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

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