Mallinder’s delight at Saints’ Quins win

Jim Mallinder saw his men earn five points at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Jim Mallinder saw his men earn five points at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
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Saints boss Jim Mallinder was delighted after seeing his side score ‘some cracking team tries’ in their 29-23 win against Harlequins.

Mallinder’s men secured a bonus-point success at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday afternoon, with Harry Mallinder’s 73rd-minute try rounding off a fine fightback.

Earlier efforts from Alex Waller, Courtney Lawes and Ben Foden had set up the chance of a maximum haul.

And Mallinder junior emerged from the bench with 13 minutes to go to make sure of the victory, which came after Saints had been eight points down early in the second period.

“We were pleased to defend the lead and come away with five points,” Saints boss Mallinder said.

“It was generally a very good performance.

“Defensively, we had a couple of lapses where we let them score relatively easy tries without having to do too much.

“But I thought our attack was good, we played with good shape, we got over the gainline and our handling was good.

“We scored some cracking team tries, which I was pleased about.

“Certainly, bits of our defence we need to work on, but overall it was pretty good.”

The bonus-point victory lifted Saints into fourth, above local rivals Leicester Tigers, who were beaten 27-20 at Sale Sharks earlier in the day.

And with four games of the regular season to go, Mallinder said: “We’re back in the top four and that’s where we wanted to get back to.

“We had a disappointing start to the season but we’ve been working hard.

“Particularly over the Six Nations period, we’ve done well, won the majority of our games and it’s just nice to get these international players back.

“I was really impressed with George North, who was outstanding for us.”