Monday 23 July 2018

Mallinder: Rivals are foolish to dismiss us

NORTHAMPTON director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes it would be foolish to dismiss Saints from the Premiership title race.

The midlands club, who have been hindered by inconsistency this season, sank to sixth in the table after yesterday's 17-16 defeat by Saracens at Stadium MK. Mallinder insists Saints enjoy being in a position where they are given little chance.

"The lads gave everything and it was a tremendous effort from them. I'm very proud. It went down to the wire, we just didn't get the bounce of the ball," Mallinder said.

"We'd like to be top of the league like every single club, but we're realistic and know that we haven't played as well as we'd have liked in every game.

"But we also know we're a good side and have proved that. There's not a lot in the top teams. Even though we're in mid-table, we're not out of the running.

"There will be a few people that have written us off. We quite like that and there's a long way to go. We're looking forward to the second half of the season."

A last-ditch penalty miss from Stephen Myler gave Saracens the win and kept them in second place in the table.

Harlequins remain top of the Premiership after dispatching London Irish 26-15 as Wasps climbed to fifth with a 34-15 triumph at London Welsh.

Bottom side Sale won 33-27 against Worcester.

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