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- 2nd Apr 2011
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 13,312
Mallinder hails eight-try Saints
Try-chasing tactic a joint decision between coaches and players
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder praised his side's attacking play in the wake of their eight-try victory over Sale on Saturday.
The Saints director of rugby said it had been a joint decision between coaching staff and players to chase tries rather than kick their penalty opportunities during the game.
And the tactic paid off, with half of the hosts' tries coming as a direct result of the policy.
"It's about reading the situation," said Mallinder. "And when your forwards are in so much control it makes sense to keep the pressure on.
"The players know how the mauls and scrums are going and whether or not they should kick their goals."
Mallinder was particularly pleased with his pack, whose domination throughout the clash forced two penalty tries.
"Sale were struggling a little bit up front," he added. "But they put us under a lot of pressure in the first 40 or 50 minutes."
"They will have been disappointed to lose Peel to injury, and then with the sending-off.
"But they have some good players and people like Charlie Hodgson can make them play. At half-time we were still not in the clear, despite scoring our first-half tries."
The win provides Saints with a boost ahead next weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at Milton Keynes.
But Mallinder is under no Illusions that his side will have to remain at the top of their game if they are to secure a place in the last four. "It's going to be a really tough game, but it's one we are capable of winning," he insisted.
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|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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