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Saints name team for first home Aviva Premiership Rugby clash

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The Saints take on fellow Round 1 winners Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens, with director of rugby Jim Mallinder saying that his team needs to take a step up from last weekend's performance at Kingsholm.


"It's vital that we get off to a good start at home," the Saints boss said. "Last weekend at Gloucester we got a good away win and now we have to build on that on Sunday afternoon.


"At times we played well and scored three good tries, but in the last 10 minutes we had to dig deep as well. We shouldn't have got ourselves in that position in the first place, but the team spirit was fantastic, we held our defensive patterns and held them out.


"So we know we have to build on both our attack and defence this weekend.


"Exeter are a quality side, as they have shown for the last couple of seasons. The players work hard for each other and they played well in their win over Sale last Saturday.


"It's going to be a big game and a tough game, but it is one that we are looking forward to."


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NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY EXETER

Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 2

Franklin's Gardens

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Kick off 3:00pm

15 Ben FODEN

14 Ken PISI

13 George PISI

12 Dom WALDOUCK

11 Vasily ARTEMYEV

10 Ryan LAMB

9 Lee DICKSON

1 Soane TONGA'UIHA

2 Dylan HARTLEY (capt)

3 Brian MUJATI

4 Samu MANOA

5 Christian DAY

6 Phil DOWSON

7 Tom WOOD

8 GJ VAN VELZE


Replacements

16 Mike HAYWOOD

17 Alex WALLER

18 Tom MERCEY

19 Mark SORENSON

20 Rhys OAKLEY

21 Martin ROBERTS

22 Stephen MYLER