Saints boss Mallinder wary of wounded Worcester

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Jim Mallinder admits he is wary of wounded Worcester – labelling the Warriors ‘very dangerous’.

The side from Sixways head to Franklin’s Gardens tomorrow (Sat, ko 3pm), hoping to pick up their first win in the Premiership this season.

WORCESTER WARNING - Jim Mallinder (Picture: Linda Dawson)

WORCESTER WARNING - Jim Mallinder (Picture: Linda Dawson)

The have come agonisingly close to victory in two of their three games so far, losing by a single point to Bath and conceding a late penalty to draw 16-16 with Gloucester last weekend.

Sandwiched between those home clashes was a creditable display at Leicester, where Worcester went down to an eight-point defeat.

They will be eager to put things right this weekend against a Saints side with a 100 per cent record, and Mallinder is refusing to underestimate his team’s latest opposition.

“It is a good chance (to keep the winning run going), but we’ve got to be aware of the threat and we’ve got to be aware of underestimating Worcester,” said the Saints boss.

“They’ve come close in their first three games, they’ve not got a brilliant travel record but they’ll want to put that right, I’m sure.

“They’ve recruited well during the summer, they’ve got some good players in that team and they’re very dangerous.”

While Worcester will feel they should have claimed more than the three points they currently have to their name so far, Saints may feel a little fortunate to have picked up 13.

But the fact they have illustrates the steel in the side as they resisted late attacks from Gloucester, Exeter and Bath to hold out for victory.

Mallinder has enjoyed the winning start to the new season, but he knows there is plenty of improvement needed from his men.

“You’ve always got to enjoy your wins,” he said. “It’s been a good start but you need to look at our performances, which can be improved.

“We played well in parts of our games. In the first two games we started very brightly and got some points ahead but a few silly errors let them back in.

“We need to close games out and play for the full 80 minutes.

“If you look at the flip side at Worcester, they’ve played some good rugby, they’ve come very close, but they haven’t won any games.

“They’ve got bonus losing points from each game, but not won any so you’d rather be in our position of course, but we know Worcester is going to be a very tough game.”