Mallinder wants Saints to emulate Gloucester

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder says that his Saints players will have to play just like Gloucester with precision in attack and defence if they are going to move up in the Guinness Premiership.

Northampton were given a thing or two to think about by Gloucester when they fell to the home side 33-10 in what was their heaviest loss of the season.

Saints defence disappointed Mallinder as they let in four four tries, and in attack they created numerous opportunities but squandered them in an error-strewn performance.

The Saints director of rugby feels accuracy at both ends of the pitch was the difference between the two sides and that the game ended the game ended with Mallinder’s men slipping to 10th in the Premiership and the Cherry & Whites moving up to second.

“We’ve got to keep working on our game,” Mallinder told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

“We’ve got to make sure we rebuild again and are fighting fit ahead of the European Challenge Cup games.

“We were inaccurate in attack and defence. You’ve got to take all the opportunities you possibly can at places like Kingsholm and we didn’t do that.

“Gloucester were very accurate, and they took their chances. We did lose a lot of ball and probably forced too much instead of looking after it.

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