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Mallinder determined after losses

24th March 2014 12:53


Jim Mallinder LV Cup final

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Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder remains resolute after his side suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

Mallinder's men followed up an LV= Cup Final loss to Exeter Chiefs with a shock 19-6 reversal at Sale Sharks on Saturday.

"We've got good players but today we were off-script," Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton.

"We didn't have much time [together] last week after a Sunday game.

"We've not been together as a team for eight weeks and we didn't gel.

"Luther Burrell has been playing at outside centre for a long time and Will Hooley's not played many games at fly-half - it was probably only his second proper game there.

"I was pleased with Will but it was difficult for him.

"The players are disappointed we didn't play together but we'll spend a lot of time on the training field this week."

Despite the losses , and Saracens' thumping Wembley win over Harlequins securing top spot in the league, Saints are near-certainties to secure a semi-final berth.

"We're not down and out and we're still in a very good, strong position to qualify - hopefully with a home semi-final," added Mallinder.

"We need to get back on track and work together as a team. We can certainly get a lot better."

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