Jim Mallinder says that the Saints will be giving it all they’ve got to repay the support of the Franklin’s Gardens faithful in the final home game of the season against Bath.
Last season’s Aviva Premiership finalists come to town a week on Saturday (April 30th) and while they currently lie ninth in the standings, the Saints’ director of rugby has seen enough to know that the visitors will be a huge threat to his side’s European hopes.
“Next week is a new challenge and we certainly cannot afford to underestimate Bath,” Mallinder commented. “They’ve not been at their best this season, but looking through some of the names in their squad and also at how they have performed at times this season – our reverse fixture at the Rec and their first half performance against Saracens in particular spring to mind – we have to expect them at their best.
“The atmosphere was fantastic against Leicester last weekend. Our supporters were really good, got behind the team and we were disappointed not to push on and get that victory for them.
“We’ve got one more shot at it at home and it’s a crucial game if we want to maintain our push for next season’s Champions Cup. I’m sure the supporters will be right behind us again and the team will be giving it everything to deliver for them and for ourselves.”
A limited number of tickets remain available for the Gardens finale (KO 3:15pm), where supporters will also have the opportunity to bid farewell to those Saints who will move on at the end of the season.