Mallinder salutes milestone match-winner Myler

Stephen Myler smashed through the 2,000 points barrier as he steered Saints to a bonus-point 39-31 victory over Newcastle (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Stephen Myler smashed through the 2,000 points barrier as he steered Saints to a bonus-point 39-31 victory over Newcastle (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

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Jim Mallinder hailed Stephen Myler’s ‘phenomenal’ achievement after the Saints fly-half hit 2,000 points in the win over Newcastle Falcons.

Fly-half Myler put on an impressive display, claiming a superb opening score and providing a second for Samoan centre George Pisi.

He then proceeded to notch the points needed to take him to his milestone with an assured kicking display in the 39-31 win.

And Mallinder was delighted with his No.10, who arrived at Franklin’s Gardens from rugby league side Salford City Reds in 2006.

“Stephen’s been here longer than I have and is still playing well and kicking goals,” Mallinder said. “To achieve that milestone is phenomenal.

“A lot of our good play is through Stephen. He doesn’t get a lot of headlines, but he’s always that main man behind our attacking play.”

Saints were made to work hard for their win, with Newcastle scoring three second-half tries to add to Chris Harris’s first-half effort.

But Mallinder’s men claimed the five points that ensured they started 2015 in style - and will remain on top of the Aviva Premiership table for another week at least.

“When we got out to 32-10 up I was hoping we’d have a nice easy last 20 minutes, but credit to Newcastle,” said the Saints boss.

“They did well last week (in a 25-23 defeat to Saracens) and they came back again to push us close.”