Boss Mallinder says Saints have to stick together through rocky patch

TESTING TIMES - Jim Mallinder (Picture: Linda Dawson)
TESTING TIMES - Jim Mallinder (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints boss Jim Mallinder has urged his players to stick together as they aim to end their barren run of form.

Mallinder’s men have suffered four successive defeats and five in their last six games in all competitions.

It has been a spell which has seen them win one of their first two games in the Heineken Cup, slip down the Premiership table and, most recently, lose their opener in the LV= Cup.

Next up they head to Newport-Gwent Dragons on Sunday aiming to get find some form ahead of a huge six weeks at home and abroad.

Mallinder has urged his men to get back to winning ways at Rodney Parade and says they must remain united if they are slay a Dragons side who have won just two of their 11 games this season.

“It’s always important to win and you always want to do that,” said the director of rugby, who saw his side suffer a 31-30 defeat to Quins on Saturday.

“We’re going through a little bit of a down period at the moment and we need to get back to winning ways.

“It’s good for everyone at the club to win, so that’s why it was disappointing on Saturday. It would have been nice to turn that around, particularly with that second-half performance, but it wasn’t to be.

“We need to work hard, stick together and go down to Wales and produce that again.”

Saints showed great spirit to come back from 21-6 down against Quins at the weekend, leading 30-24 as the clock went dead.

But Ben Botica’s last-gasp try and conversion gave the Twickenham-based team the victory and Mallinder felt his men were made to pay for overcomplicating things.

“Some of our defence was good, but some of our attacking we were just attempting that impossible pass at times,” he said. “We need to cut that out of our games and keep things simple.”