Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder was pleased to secure a late try bonus point in Sunday's 35-10 win over Newcastle.
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder was pleased to secure a late try bonus point in Sunday's convincing 35-10 win over Newcastle.
Saints tore out of the blocks to bag three tries within the first 30 minutes, but didn't secure the extra point until Wales winger George North crossed with three minutes to spare.
The lengthy gap between tries number three and four disappointed Mallinder slightly, but it was a minor setback after an excellent first half.
Mallinder was also pleased with the performance of young fly-half Will Hooley, who stepped in for Stephen Myler and scored the opening try.
“It's always difficult to come up here and I think to come away with a bonus point is very pleasing,” said Mallinder.
“I thought we played really well in the first 30 minutes. We could have maybe scored one or two more tries but a lot of the offloads were fantastic and we made some really good decisions.
“It was a little bit disappointing that we didn't go on and get the bonus try earlier but we stuck with it and thankfully got it at the end.
“Will Hooley did very well. It's always difficult as a fly-half coming in and running the team but he did well for us in pre-season when Stephen wasn't available and we need to have options.”