Mallinder relieved after close win

Date published: November 19 2016

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Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder was incredibly relieved with his side's win over Worcester on Friday.

Saints almost lost the game at the death after the Warriors missed a shot at posts that would have given them the win.

And Mallinder was relieved post-match to come away with the Saints’ fourth win on the bounce in all competitions.

"We shouldn’t really have got to that stage where you’re eight points up with two minutes to go," he told the Premiership Rugby website

"You should close the game out and we need to be better than that.

"We were looking comfortable – we went 10-3 down, but then came back into it and I thought we dominated the game.

"It is all about winning. It wasn’t a good start, going 10-3 down, but we really came back into the game, controlled it, put them under pressure, kept building our lead and you thought that at 18-10 up with a couple of minutes to go, we would win the game.

"There were a couple of mistakes, first of all a bit in defence, then a lack of discipline, and it gave them a chance – but fortunately they didn’t take it."

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