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Saints need to step up, says Mallinder

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The Saints take on Gloucester as Aviva Premiership Rugby returns after a four-week absence looking to build on the run of results in December and January that took the team into the league's top four.

But Mallinder says that the players who take to the field will have to be on their best form to continue the winning form in the south west.


"Gloucester have shown their quality in their recent home matches, especially against Toulouse a few weeks ago," he commented this week. "They have a pack that can produce good ball and a set of backs that can pose plenty of problems if they get on the front foot. The Kingsholm crowd can also be a factor and the supporters really get behind their team if they start scoring points.


"We had a boost last week when we got the result we wanted to get into the LV= Cup semi-finals, but we will have to step up from that performance if we want to come home from Gloucester with a positive result.


"Everyone has trained well this week despite the weather and is determined to keep our cup momentum going as we turn our attention back to our Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign."


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NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY GLOUCESTER

Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 14

Kingsholm

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Kick off 2:15pm

15 Paul DIGGIN

14 Jamie ELLIOTT

13 George PISI

12 James DOWNEY

11 Vasily ARTEMYEV

10 Ryan LAMB

9 Martin ROBERTS

1 Soane TONGA'UIHA

2 Andy LONG

3 Brian MUJATI

4 Samu MANOA

5 Christian DAY

6 Courtney LAWES

7 Calum CLARK (capt)

8 Roger WILSON


Replacements

16 Mike HAYWOOD

17 Alex WALLER

18 Paul DORAN JONES

19 Mark SORENSON

20 Ben NUTLEY

21 Ryan GLYNN

22 Stephen MYLER

23 Tom MAY