Mallinder: Dramatic draw was a moral victory for Leicester

KEY MOMENT - Alex Corbisiero scores his try against Leicester at Welford Road (pictures: Linda Dawson)

KEY MOMENT - Alex Corbisiero scores his try against Leicester at Welford Road (pictures: Linda Dawson)

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Jim Mallinder says Saints’ dramatic 19-19 draw with Leicester Tigers was a moral victory for the home side.

The Tigers came roaring back from 10 points down to level the scores late on through an Ed Slater try and points from the boot of England fly-half Toby Flood.

Pictures by Linda Dawson

Pictures by Linda Dawson

Northampton had looked set to claim their first win at Welford Road since 2007 when prop Alex Corbisiero’s try gave them breathing space.

But Slater’s score four minutes from time denied Mallinder’s men and the Saints director of rugby felt Tigers would be happier with the result.

He said: “It was here for winning and we’ve proven in this first five games that we’ve got a good side and we’re playing some good rugby.

“I’ll look back and I think our defence and attack was good today. There are still little things we need to work on, but we’ve got some match-winners and we’re also playing as a team.

“At times we put Leicester under a lot of pressure.

“I don’t know if it’s a moral victory for us. It’s maybe a moral victory for them, coming back from 10 points behind.

“We’ve played our first five games, we’ve had three away, we’ve been to Kingsholm, been to Harlequins and here so we’re in a decent shape going into Europe.”