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- 2nd Apr 2011
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- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
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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 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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