Mallinder wants more sting from Saints against Wasps

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has today called on his team to replicate last week’s second half performance this coming Sunday.


The Saints visit Adams Park to take on reigning Guinness Premiership champions London Wasps, and while the visitors are one place ahead in the table Mallinder says that 80 minutes of hard work and concentration will be needed it another four points are to be added to the Saints’ tally.

“Wasps are still the reigning champions and have come into some good form recently,” he said today.

“They were very effective against Leicester last week, particularly in taking their scoring opportunities. They have a strong squad, and with international players back they will be even stronger.

“But we played well in the second half against Saracens and earned ourselves a good result. We have to turn those 40 minutes into a full match if we want to leave Wycombe with more league points on Sunday.”

Northampton Saints

15 Ben Foden, 14 Paul Diggin, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Bruce Reihana (capt), 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Euan Murray, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Juandre Kruger, 6 Neil Best, 7 Scott Gray, 8 Roger Wilson

Replacements, 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Barry Stewart, 18 Tom Smith, 19 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Barry Everitt, 22 Chris Mayor.

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