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Massive week for Saints - Mallinder

15th October 2013 12:00

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NORTHAMPTON SAINTS CASTRES HEINEKEN CUP

Pool race: Northampton

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder has warned his side that anything other than victory over the Ospreys could end their hopes of European glory.

Defeat with a losing bonus-point at French side Castres means Saints are already treading a tightrope as they look to finish top of their group.

And director of rugby Mallinder insists their games at Franklin's Gardens are going to be massive in achieving that, starting with the Welsh on Sunday.

"We have to have a massive week. Come Sunday we need to win at home," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

"In the Heineken Cup you can't afford to lose your home games."

The Ospreys come into the game on zero points after losing 19-9 to Leinster at Liberty Stadium last Saturday, with Saints clearly in better shape than their weekend visitors to the Gardens.

"It's six games and that's what you've got to look at," added Mallinder.

"We've had our first game away to the French champions.

"We haven't won, but we came close and got the point. So we're still certainly well in the tournament.

"Clearly Ospreys have got a good side - the front five in particular.

"It's a massive challenge for us but if you want to be successful in the pool stages you have got to win your home games."

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Friday , December 5
Montpellier vs Bath19:45
Saturday , December 6
Sale vs Saracens13:00
Munster vs Clermont Auvergne17:30
Ulster vs Scarlets19:45
Benetton Treviso vs Northampton13:00
Ospreys vs Racing Metro 9215:15
Sunday , December 7
Castres vs Wasps13:00
Harlequins vs Leinster15:15
Leicester vs Toulon17:30
Toulouse vs Glasgow15:15
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Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne 35 - 3 Sale Sharks
Castres 16 - 21 Leinster
Wasps 16 - 23 Harlequins
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Saturday , October 25
Bath 19 - 21 Toulouse
Montpellier 13 - 15 Glasgow
Ulster 13 - 23 Toulon
Northampton 34 - 6 Ospreys
Scarlets 15 - 3 Leicester
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 Saracens
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1Munster28
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1Harlequins28
2Leinster28
3Wasps22
4Castres21
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1Toulon28
2Scarlets24
3Leicester Tigers24
4Ulster21
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2Toulouse28
3Montpellier22
4Bath21
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1Racing Metro Paris28
2Northampton25
3Ospreys25
4Treviso20