Mallinder delighted with ‘clinical’ Saints

SIX OF THE BEST - Jamie Elliott is congratulated after the first of Saints' six tries against Saracens (pictures: Linda Dawson)
SIX OF THE BEST - Jamie Elliott is congratulated after the first of Saints' six tries against Saracens (pictures: Linda Dawson)
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Jim Mallinder hailed his ‘clinical’ Saints after they ran in six tries to rout Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens.

Jamie Elliott, Samu Manoa, Ken Pisi, Luther Burrell and Ben Foden, with a double, ensured a stunning 41-20 success in the Aviva Premiership.

Pictures by Linda Dawson

Pictures by Linda Dawson

It was table-toppers Saracens’ biggest defeat in the past four-and-a-half-years and ended their five-match winning streak at the start of the season.

Saints took their tally to 19 tries in just four home games during this campaign and Mallinder couldn’t hide his delight.

“It was pretty good wasn’t it?” said the Saints boss, who was without five England players. “To score 40-odd points against Saracens is pleasing.

“You never quite know how teams will react when they lose international players but what was really pleasing for us was that it was such a good squad effort.

“The forwards played really well, our set piece was good but we combined it well with the backs and moved the ball at the right times.

“We were pretty clinical in some of our tries.”