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- Aviva Premiership
- 10th May 2014
- KO 15:15
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 13,429
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Northampton boss Jim Mallinder insisted it would be "daft" to read too much into their thumping 74-13 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps going into their semi-final against Leicester.
Northampton needed just a point to secure a home semi-final, but should go into Friday night's clash at Franklin's Gardens brimming with confidence after running in 11 tries to claim the biggest Premiership win of the season.
It was also a club record Premiership win and the most tries Northampton have scored in a Premiership game. There have only been seven higher Premiership scores, with Saints' 74 the biggest since Leicester racked up 83 against Newcastle in 2005.
But Wasps rested a host of players - only three of their starting line-up are likely to run out against Stade Francais in the first leg of the European Champions Cup play-off - and Mallinder knows it will be very different against a Leicester team they have not beaten in their last 10 meetings.
"This win gives us confidence, but we won't read too much into it," said Mallinder. "Wasps sent a weak side with their minds on next week and we are not daft enough to think otherwise."
Wasps were actually 13-0 in front after 15 minutes, but Northampton stormed back with Lee Dickson, George North and Phil Dowson scoring two tries each, while Stephen Myler, Luther Burrell, Ken Pisi and Ben Foden also dotted down.
"There is a slight worry when you go two scores down. I was thinking, 'What is the Leicester score?' It was pleasing the way we came back, we dominated the game from 60 minutes onwards.
"We have got our home semi and after 22 games that is all you can ask for. We know we are in good shape, we are physically and mentally in good shape, but we know it is going to be difficult against Leicester.
"We know they have a good record against us and they will be very confident, but we are looking forward to it."
After six months on the sidelines with a knee injury loosehead Alex Corbisiero came off the bench and will be available to take on Leicester, but Mallinder admitted Dylan Hartley was a doubt as he recovers from a shoulder problem.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: "We are all pretty embarrassed by that performance.
"It gave us the opportunity to play some players who have not had a lot of game time, but the biggest disappointment was the way we seemed to lack any fight when they got in front."
On the Northampton-Leicester semi-final, Young added: "Leicester can handle the forward power, but Northampton have added a lot with George North and are a far more rounded team this season. I wouldn't like that to call that one."
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|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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