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Mallinder: Winning always the priority

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The Saints may have been outscored on the try front, but that mattered little to director of rugby Jim Mallinder, who watched his side become the first to win at Sixways in the Aviva Premiership this season.

Having started slowly, the Saints dominated either side of the break and Stephen Myler knocked over six penalties - the Warriors gifting the fly half kickable opportunities on each occasion that the visitors attacked.

There was a late rally and a nervy finish to survive, but the men in black, green and gold had just made enough of their time on top.

“Particularly away from home, it is all about winning,” Mallinder told SaintsTV. “It wasn’t a good start, but then I thought we came back into the game really well; controlled it, put them under a lot of pressure and then that led to their yellow card.

“We built our lead well and probably deserved more for our pressure. There were couple of occasions where we would have liked a bit of advantage to be played, but the positive is that Stephen took his chances well and that was enough in the end.

“These close games are important and while we haven’t been playing brilliantly, these last four weeks we’ve got ourselves on the right end of the result. We’ve got 12 players away on international duty, which isn’t easy, but we’ve also got a lot of good players still on the field and we’re improving.

“I’d like to see us winning by a bigger score, but we’ll always take the win first.” 

The Saints are back at home on Friday evening for the Aviva Premiership visit of Newcastle. CLICK HERE to book your tickets as they look to go five in a row!

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