All Mallinder wants is 80 minutes from Saints

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder today called on the Northampton Saints squad to put in an 80-minute performance for tomorrow’s Guinness Premiership Round 8 trip to Gloucester.


Last week at Franklin’s Gardens Saints trailed Bath at half-time only to turn the game around and have the league leaders happy to leave with a draw.


Now Mallinder is asking his players to replicate the character shown during last week’s second half for the entire contest at Kingsholm.


“We’ve spoken as a squad about playing for the full 80 minutes and this is something we will have to do tomorrow,” he said today.


“Gloucester have hit a good run of form and we’re expecting them to come out tomorrow and try to play some good rugby. Their forwards produce good ball and half-backs Dave Lewis and Ryan Lamb like to bring their backs into the game.


“Kingsholm is a great place to play rugby. Gloucester have passionate fans who create plenty of atmosphere. It will be a big occasion which we are approaching positively and with belief in ourselves and what we can do as a team.”


Northampton Saints team


15 Stephen Myler, 14 Chris Ashton,13 Bruce Reihana (capt), 12 James Downey, 11 Paul Diggin, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Ben Foden, 1 Tom Smith,2 Joe Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 4 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Christian Day, 6 Mark Easter, 7 Scott Gray, 8 Roger Wilson


Replacements: 16 Paul Shields, 17 Barry Stewart, 18 Soane Tonga’uiha, 19 Alex Rae, 20 Mark Hopley, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Nils Mordt.

 

Rugbyweek.com

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