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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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|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
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