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Progress pleases Saints boss

January 03, 2015 13:12:04 UK

Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder feels his side are moving in the right direction as they made a positive start to 2015 with a victory over Newcastle Falcons on Friday night.

The 39-31 scoreline at Franklin’s Gardens represented a highly open game and much tighter contest than many would have predicted before kick-off.

With Stephen Myler, George Pisi, Calum Clark, Luther Burrell all touching down and a penalty try also being awarded, Northampton were ruthless in some of their attacking play.

However conceding four tries on home soil left much to be desired in terms of their defence and will be something to work on going into the business end of the domestic and European campaigns.

However Mallinder was pleased with the result as Northampton guaranteed their position at the top of the Premiership table for another round of fixtures but the coach knows improvements must be made.

He told BBC Radio Northampton: “It’s a winning start to 2015, it’s five points and we’re top of the league but I’m a little bit frustrated.

“It was pleasing to get Stephen Myler off – he’s played a lot of rugby – but then you want to keep going scoring tries.

“We didn’t. We showed a lack of concentration, conceded from a set piece and got driven over twice.

“You get your five points but we took our eye off the ball. But it’s a game which we have won and we’re going in the right direction.”

Saints can be backed at 2.75 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.

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