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- Aviva Premiership
- 30th Nov 2012
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Salford City Stadium
- Att: 5,307
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder critical of victory over Sale
Northampton chief Jim Mallinder was critical of his side, despite their 27-16 defeat of Sale.
The Saints dominated the first half, running in three tries, but failed to notch another touchdown after taking their foot off the pedal.
"I was slightly disappointed with the second half performance," Mallinder said.
"I think in the first half we were very good and dominated the game.
"Our scrum was on top, as well as our driving maul. We defended well and therefore took our opportunities at the right time.
"We talked about doing exactly the same thing in the second half and we didn't do that.
"I'm disappointed with the second half but we got the win and that's important, particularly away from home."
Sharks boss John Mitchell said: "Northampton's forward pack was outstanding in the first half.
"We never built any pressure or any starting position. In the second half, we showed better character and built some pressure.
"The forwards had a torrid time tonight. We're still very immature as a side and we get frustrated easily, so we've got to learn to become more patient.
"We've got a lot of work to do in the forward area."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|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|
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