Northampton Saints may have been in fine form of late but director of rugby Jim Mallinder admits even he did not see his side’s 11-try victory over Treviso coming.
Ken Pisi and Samu Manoa both scored hat-tricks to help the Aviva Premiership leaders secure a club European record 67-0 triumph to stay on course to reach the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals.
The hosts exerted their dominance early on at Franklin’s Gardens as their scrum forced a penalty try before George North, Kahn Fotuali’i and Ken Pisi all crossed over to give Saints a 24-0 half-time lead.
George Pisi touched down shortly after the break before younger brother Ken added two more, substitute Manoa grabbed three tries in ten minutes and Ben Foden rounded off the rout on 79 minutes.
The result saw Saints extend their winning run to eight games in all competitions and Mallinder was particularly pleased by the clinical nature of their performance.
“We hoped for but didn’t expect that win,” he said.
“We had to work hard for our bonus point last week, but it always helps coming back home.
“It was important that we made a good start and kept it clinical and professional. Once we got ahead, their heads certainly dropped.
“We saw some brilliant handling today and outstanding tries. I think (attack coach) Alex King will be very happy.
“We didn’t get too carried away, we didn’t play sevens rugby, we kept our shape and discipline. It was a good professional performance.”