Mallinder ‘very satisfied’ with Saints’ Welsh win

IT TAKES TWO - London Welsh gang up to try and stop Saints centre Luther Burrell (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
IT TAKES TWO - London Welsh gang up to try and stop Saints centre Luther Burrell (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
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Saints boss Jim Mallinder saluted his players for securing a ‘very satisfying’ seven-try win at winless London Welsh on Sunday.

Mallinder’s men marched to a 43-14 victory at the Kassam Stadium, which puts them back on top of the Aviva Premiership pile.

Calum Clark, Stephen Myler, Samu Manoa, Jamie Elliott, Ben Foden, James Wilson and Ben Nutley all crossed for the away side.

And Mallinder was even able to shuffle his pack, throwing players into the action early into the second half as he rested key men for next week’s Champions Cup trip to Treviso.

“It was very satisfying,” said the director of rugby. “You’ve got to enjoy every win you have.

“We had to work hard in the first half, but the forwards got on top particularly in the maul and gave us a cushion.

“Second half, we went on to score some good tries, but a lot of credit to London Welsh - they played well, tested us and scored two good tries themselves.

“We knew we needed to build our score and get ahead as quickly as we could because we didn’t want it being tight going into the closing stages.

“It’s great that the forwards got a grip of the game and it helped with them going down to 14 men (through Ricky Reeves’ sin-binning).

“We went down to 14 when Sam (Dickinson) was yellow carded in the second half and were put under a bit of pressure, conceding a try.

“But we’re very happy with coming down here and getting game time for all 23 of our players.

“We made a few changes in the second half to rest players who have played a lot of minutes and we got the five points.”