Saints aim to upset Saracens in LV= Cup

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder wants Northampton Saints to put in a big Anglo Welsh performance as they welcome Saracens to Franklin’s Gardens in the second round of the 2009/10 LV= Cup.


The Saints got the first win of their campaign on the road at the Ospreys last week, but while Mallinder wants a second success, this time at home, he says that it will be a difficult task against Saracens.


The Londoners have yet to be beaten in England this season and the Saints boss says that they will be a tough proposition.


“Brendan Venter has put together a squad whose efficient style of rugby has taken them to the top of the Guinness Premiership table with seven wins out of seven,” he said today.


“Saracens know how to win games and with either Glen Jackson or Derick Hougaard at fly half they have players who will punish us if we concede penalties within kicking distance. They might be playing South Africa next week, but that doesn’t mean that we will play a weak team tomorrow as they have plenty of strength in depth.


“However our players have been putting in plenty of hard work this week and have been enthusiastic in their preparations for the match. They want success and are determined for a positive result at Franklin’s Gardens.”


Juandre Kruger returns to the Saints line-up after his month on the sidelines, as does Santiago Bonorino, who starts his first game since the Heineken Cup trip to Perpignan.


Northampton Saints Team


15 Ben Foden , 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Bruce Reihana, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha, 2 Brett Sharman
3 Santiago Bonorino, 4 Christian Day, 5 Juandre Kruger, 6 Phil Dowson (capt), 7 Scott Gray, 8 Roger Wilson


Replacements: 16 Joe Gray,17 Jon Vickers, 18 Alex Waller, 19 James Cannon, 20 Mark Hopley, 21 Alan Dickens, 22 Barry Everitt, 23 Joe Ansbro

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