Jim Mallinder hailed his ‘clinical’ Saints after they scored 11 tries in a 67-0 evisceration of Treviso at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
Samu Manoa scored a 13-minute hat-trick and Ken Pisi also registered a treble in the most convincing of Champions Cup successes.
It was Saints’ second bonus-point win against the Italian side in the space of a week after the 38-15 triumph at Stadio di Monigo last Saturday.
And it was exactly what Mallinder had asked for from his men, who are now in a good position to progress from Pool 5.
“It was clinical,” said the Saints director of rugby. “Right from the start we talked about being clinical, being ruthless and keeping it going for the full 80 minutes.
“Even though we saw a bit of magic in that last 20 minutes with some really nice passes and really nice attacking play, I was pleased with the whole 80 minutes.
“We got our basics right, got our set piece eight, put them under pressure early on and scored some cracking tries.”
In the previous two years, Saints have endured a mixed December, losing to Ulster and Leinster before beating the Irish sides on their own turf.
But there have been no slip-ups this season, with Treviso thrashed twice in quick succession.
And Mallinder, whose side host Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership next weekend, said: “We’re fortunate with the draw. To get Treviso has helped us this season.
“In the past, we’ve had Ulster and Leinster as our back-to-back games and that’s really, really difficult. It tests you.
“We’ve been able to give opportunities to some players, freshen a few up and so hopefully we’re in good shape in the next few weeks back in the Premiership.
“We didn’t get too carried away, we didn’t play seven-a-side rugby, we kept our shape, kept our discipline and it was a good, professional performance.”