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- Aviva Premiership
- 23rd Feb 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Kingston Park
- Att: 4,846
Aviva Premiership: Jim Mallinder hails Northampton's 22-16 win at Newcastle
It's all about getting the win and keeping the momentum. We played some really good rugby in the first half and made some really good decisions, alternating the workload between the forwards and the backs.
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Northampton boss Jim Mallinder was pleased after his table-topping side kept up their momentum in the Aviva Premiership with a 22-16 win at Newcastle.
The Saints hung on to top spot in the Premiership, one point ahead of Saracens, with the win - their tenth on the bounce in the competition.
However, the visitors were made to work hard for the victory after leading 19-6 at the break, and Mallinder was glad to see out the win.
He said: "We played really well in the first half into a bit of a breeze, scored three tries and, of course, you would like to kick on.
"But Newcastle upped their game and played well in the second half. That saw us struggle in the line-out to get possession and we were defending on the back foot at the end at little bit - but we got the four points and were happy with that
"It's tough to play rugby out there in those conditions but it's same for both sides. It was very wet under foot and got worse in the second half.
"We've said it before you're never going to get it easy during the international period and you don't get an easy game of rugby coming up to Newcastle.
"It's all about getting the win and keeping the momentum. We played some really good rugby in the first half and made some really good decisions, alternating the workload between the forwards and the backs.
"It was outstanding and that made it a little bit disappointing that we couldn't crack on after that first half performance."
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards revealed his players were smarting enough at half-time to come out and "win" the second half 10-3 and scramble the bonus point.
He said: "I think at half-time we were looking at them getting a tryscoring bonus point so I suppose you have to be happy with getting a losing bonus point at the end.
"The boys sat down at half-time and got their heads together and challenged themselves to turn it around - and they did.
"We played with wind the first half, didn't capitalise on it, conceded three tries and at half-time we were thinking 'what the hell do we do?'
"But to be fair to the players they challenged themselves to turn it around and they did.
"We just tend to drift in and out and we just haven't put together 40 or 80 minutes of consistent rugby.
"Over the last few weeks we seem to have produced 40 minutes rugby here or 40 minutes there and the quality of play seems to be increasing.
"But while I'm pleased with the second half we'll look at the first half where we were poor in the contact area and poor in the first up tackles.
"I thought we did not acquit ourselves well and in consequence we had to commit more men to the breakdown - then the quality of the ball they had coming out of it meant we were stretched defensively."
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|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 vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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