Mallinder certain beaten Saints will bounce back

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Jim Mallinder set his sights on two more chances of silverware after seeing Saints suffer LV= Cup heartbreak at Sandy Park.

Northampton were beaten 15-8 by a determined Exeter Chiefs side, who sparked a west country jamboree by lifting the trophy on home turf.

JOY AND PAIN - the Saints players look on as Exeter Chiefs lift the LV= Cup at Sandy Park (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

JOY AND PAIN - the Saints players look on as Exeter Chiefs lift the LV= Cup at Sandy Park (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

For Saints it was a fourth final defeat in as many seasons, following disappointment in the Heineken Cup in 2011, LV= Cup in 2012 and Aviva Premiership last year.

But they still have the chance to make amends in both the league and the Amlin Challenge Cup in the coming months.

And Mallinder is optimistic his men will come back strong from their final setback.

He said: “It’s a one-off game we’ve lost today, but we’ll be back.

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140316-171515006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140316-171515006

“Hopefully this season we’ll get to more finals and hopefully we can get that silverware that we’re all looking for.”

Saints struggled to match Exeter’s intensity at Sandy Park, as Rob Baxter’s men made the most of sizeable support on their own ground.

Mallinder felt the home advantage did have an effect on the game, though he was still disappointed with how his team’s 13-match winning streak came to an end.

“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “It was a tough game of rugby, always going to be tough, particularly with this home crowd, who do get behind the team.

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140316-171700006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140316-171700006

“We just weren’t really accurate or precise enough for the full 80 minutes.

“We made a poor start. We needed to start well, but we went 5-0 behind and were always trying to play catch-up.

“We came back in the second half and scored a good try that gave us a chance, but we’d given ourselves a mountain to climb.”

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140316-171805006

Pictures by Linda Dawson NNL-140316-171805006

 

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