Mallinder sings Burrell’s praises

Date published: May 10 2015

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder singled out centre Luther Burrell for special praise after Saints' 46-0 victory over London Welsh on Saturday.

Burrell scored two of his side's six tries at Franklin's Gardens as Saints secured top spot in the Aviva Premiership against the Exiles, who are already relegated.

"It is difficult to pick out individuals, but Luther ran very strongly all game and scored two good tries, he looked very good for us," said Mallinder.

"It was quite a professional performance. It can be quite frustrating in games like this because you want to score every time you get the ball, but you know that is not going to happen.

"London Welsh defended very well in the first half, but we were confident playing down the slope in the second half that gaps would appear and so it happened.

"Teams do take quite a lot of breaking down, Welsh have stiffened up their defence a little bit, we saw that last week at Leicester. But we did what we had to do, all 23 players got game time and we didn't get any serious injuries which is encouraging.

"It is pleasing to finish top for the first time in the club's history, but we know it is all about winning the Premiership. You have got to win a home semi-final and then take that to Twickenham.

"We are where we want to be; we have a home semi-final, with a game to go which is awesome, but we need to make sure we get ourselves right for that semi-final."

Despite the defeat, London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips felt some of his charges delivered good performances which he can build on in the Championship next season.

"This game was about learning for us and looking to take positives out of the game to build on for next season," he said.

"We have signed some good players for next season. We want to retain as many players from the current squad as possible, and then look to compliment them.

"We don't have a formula, you know what you need for your team to be competitive and come out of the Championship with the opportunity of promotion. We need to keep the spine of what we have here."