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Tries a positive for Mallinder

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Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that having some of the club's strike runners get their first tries of the season will be a positive for the team going into this weekend's Aviva Premiership trip to Saracens.

George North, Louis Picamoles - his first for his new club - and Ken Pisi all crossed in the first half at Ashton Gate to help create a 22-point half-time lead for Saints against Bristol that they would not look like relinquishing.

And Mallinder acknowledged that he was pleased to see the players scoring tries he was happiest with the win going into the next few weeks of tough games, starting with Saturday's short journey to Allianz Park.

“I think that’s important; I think they’ll be really happy to do that," he told SaintsTV. "We need to keep going, but we took our opportunities well, particularly in that first half, and that’s the type of rugby that we need to play.

“I think the team is always just happy with the fact that we’ve got a win. We were disappointed with last week - it was tough game; we didn’t play particularly well but we’ve got a win [against Bristol] that I think will take us nicely into Saracens next week.

“The win was vital. We’re going into a run of very difficult games with Saracens next week and Wasps and Exeter coming up so it was vital that we got back to our winning ways and to get a bit of confidence in the team. We’re pleased that we managed to do it.”


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