Northampton boss Jim Mallinder believes George North's disallowed try played a vital role in his side's loss at Wasps on Sunday.
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder believes George North's disallowed try played a vital role in his side's 20-16 loss against Wasps at Adams Park on Sunday.
North gathered a chip kick from George Pisi before sliding over the try-line but the television match official ruled that the Wales wing was in front of the kicker.
And Mallinder expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision.
“I was interested by the George North non-try,” he said.
“I've taken a look at it and from the views I had it looked to be at least even, certainly not in-front.”
But despite that incident, Mallinder admitted that Wasps were a much-improved side since the teams' last fixture – Won 74-13 by Saints at Franklin's Gardens in May.
“We've said it all along, everyone will be after us and that was proved by Wasps,” he added.
“I don't think we played badly, but we came up against a very motivated, well organised Wasps.
“We weren't smart enough. We got a point, but we should have won.
“We thrashed them in May, but we know that every time we come down here we're in for a tough game.
“Any team that pushes Saracens and probably should have beaten them can't be underestimated.
“Wasps are a good side. They've improved and will do well this year.”