Saints looking to get back to winning ways

Date published: October 24 2016

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder says this weekend's clash with Gloucester will be a massive occasion. 

The Saints are coming off a big 41-7 loss in the Champions Cup against Castres last weekend and will be looking to rediscover some form in the Premiership. 

"We’ve got a massive league game this week," Mallinder told the Northampton Chronicle.  

"It’s a massive disappointment to come here and get nothing, but we won our home game (beat Montpellier) so we’re still in with a chance. 

Mallinder said that they have lost too many times this season and need to get back to winning ways against Gloucester. 

"But now we’ve got to really quickly refocus and with Gloucester at home on Friday, a short turnaround, it is a very big game for us. 

"It (a loss) happens and it’s happened too many times this season, that’s the worrying thing, but we’ve shown that as quickly as we can have a bad game, we’ve had a good game.

"That’s what we need to do on Friday."

The Saints coach then commended hooker and captain Dylan Hartley who returned to the side after being out for a month with a back injury. 

"It was a big ask for Dylan to come back in because he’s been out for a few weeks, but he’ll only improve over the games to come," said Mallinder.

"I guess a positive from the game at Castres was that the bench came on and made a good impact, Mikey Haywood in particular."