Mallinder praises Nadolo after Montpellier loss

Date published: January 21 2017

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder said they could not withstand Nemani Nadolo's potent performance when they lost 26-17 by Montpellier in the Champions Cup.

The Fiji juggernaut Nadolo ran in two scintillating tries and claimed the Man of the Match award in an outstanding display against Northampton on Friday.

Mallinder says that his side had a good showing despite the loss, they just could not handle the elusive Nadolo.

"It's hard to reflect, that's something that takes a bit of time but I'm thinking about that performance and we had quite a few young lads in there up against a quality side," Mallinder told EPC Rugby.

"I think we did pretty well to be honest. We had a few chances and in the second half we probably didn't win enough ball and there was one outstanding performance from Nadolo. I thought he was absolutely on fire today so a lot of credit has to go to him and the way he played."

The coach went onto say that they haven't been at their best after a mixed-bag of a season in Europe.

"We've had a mixed campaign. We haven't been at our best by a long way and we want to be consistently good in Europe," Mallinder added.

"We've won two home games against Castres and Montpellier and they're two quality sides. We have gone away from home and been beaten at Castres and Leinster.

"That was a disappointment for us. We've put our bodies on the line and we've won our last four games, but we're disappointed to lose tonight."