Saints will have to be at their best : Mallinder

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that the Northampton Saints team will have to be at its very best to beat Saracens in tomorrow evening’s European Challenge Cup semi-final.

The Challenge Cup is the last opportunity for both clubs to achieve silverware and a route into the 2009/10 Heineken Cup, and Mallinder says that Saracens will be difficult and motivated opposition.

“Saracens have been playing well recently,” he said.

“They have a powerful set of forwards who can provide a good platform and in Neil de Kock and Glen Jackson Saracens have half-backs who can control a game.

“They play an attacking style of rugby and in players like Richard Haughton and Noah Cato they have the talent and pace to exploit any opportunities they can create.”

Northampton Saints team
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 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Juandre Kruger, 6 Neil Best, 7 Scott Gray, 8 Mark Easter

Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Tom Smith, 18 Courtney Lawes, 19 Mark Hopley, 20 Alan Dickens, 21 Barry Everitt, 22 Joe Ansbro

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