Delighted Mallinder hails ‘top drawer’ Myler

CLASS ACT - Stephen Myler holds aloft the Amlin Challenge Cup with scrum-half Lee Dickson (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

CLASS ACT - Stephen Myler holds aloft the Amlin Challenge Cup with scrum-half Lee Dickson (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

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Jim Mallinder hailed ‘top-drawer’ Stephen Myler after the fly-half booted Saints to Amlin Challenge Cup glory at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night.

Myler was metronomic as he landed seven of his eight kicks at goal to propel his team to a 30-16 victory against Bath.

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140523-233752006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140523-233752006

The No.10 steered his side through choppy waters as they recovered from a 13-6 half-time deficit to ensure their run of four successive final defeats came to a halt.

Second-half scores from Phil Dowson and Ben Foden were the icing on the cake, with Saints ensuring they head into next Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final against Saracens on a high.

And Mallinder was quick to heap praise on Myler, who won the battle of the fly-halves, with George Ford’s wobbles from the tee costing Bath dear.

“Stephen was top-drawer,” said the Saints boss. “You need a performance like that in big games.

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140523-234455006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140523-234455006

“You need someone who can keep their head, make good decisions and not just kicking the goals, but I thought our game plan generally was very, very good.

“There’s always one or two bits in terms of not getting involved in an arm wrestle and playing some rugby and that’s down to the half-backs, who are making those decisions.

“All of our leaders really stepped up today.”