Mallinder refuses to get carried away after Wasps thrashing

Christian Day celebrates as Lee Dickson scores the second of his two tries against Wasps (pictures: Linda Dawson)
Christian Day celebrates as Lee Dickson scores the second of his two tries against Wasps (pictures: Linda Dawson)

Jim Mallinder is refusing to read too much into Saints’ 11-try demolition of Wasps ahead of Friday’s Premiership play-off semi-final against Leicester.

Mallinder’s men came back from 13-0 down to claim a massive 74-13 victory against Dai Young’s side at Franklin’s Gardens.

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-141005-161752006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-141005-161752006

That resounding result ensured Leicester will visit Northampton in the semi-finals, with a place in the May 31 Twickenham showpiece up for grabs.

But Mallinder is not getting too carried away with his side’s potency, despite the evisceration of a Wasps side who now move on to face Stade Francais in a play-off for a Rugby Champions Cup place.

“This gives us confidence, but we won’t read too much into it,” said the Saints boss. “Wasps sent a weakened side with their minds on next week, and we’re not daft enough to think otherwise.

“What we take out of it is that we’ve won and we’ve got our home semi-final. After 22 games, that’s all you can ask for.

“We’ve got it and we know we’re in good shape. We’ve got a good squad, good options and selection is going to be tricky this week to make sure we get our best starting 15.

“We’re physically and mentally in good shape but we know it’s going to be difficult against Leicester. They come down here very confident, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Saints were boosted by the return of Alex Corbisiero, who came off the bench during the second half to make his first club appearance since October.

The England loosehead prop’s recovery from a knee injury has delighted Mallinder, who will now have to choose between Corbisiero and the impressive Alex Waller on Friday night.

“Corbs loved it,” said Mallinder. “He enjoyed everything: the scrum, the carries and getting involved there.

“He’s worked hard on his rehab and it’s brilliant for us that we’ve got that option there now.”