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Saints boss Mallinder hails ‘outstanding’ North

SUPER SAMU! - Samu Manoa dives over for his try in the win over Bath (Pictures: Kelly Cooper)

SUPER SAMU! - Samu Manoa dives over for his try in the win over Bath (Pictures: Kelly Cooper)

Jim Mallinder labelled George North ‘outstanding’ after the Wales wing wreaked havoc in Saints’ superb 43-25 success against Bath on Saturday.

North rounded off a fine all-round performance by scoring his side’s sixth try in an impressive Premiership victory.

Saints had fallen 13-0 behind inside 15 minutes thanks to Kyle Eastmond’s try and George Ford’s boot.

But scores from Christian Day, who grabbed two, George Pisi, Jamie Elliott, Samu Manoa and North secured a fifth win in a row against Bath for Northampton.

And director of rugby Mallinder said: “George was outstanding. He got us going after that first 10, 15 minutes.

“He got us on the front foot with his carrying, he got us on the front foot with his high balls and to see his defensive work in the 80th minute to cut them out there was great.

“It’s taken him a bit of time, but he’s showing why he’s a world class player.”

North was part of an attacking game that flourished after a slow start as Saints continued to move up the gears until the finish.

And Mallinder couldn’t have been happier with how his side exploited Bath.

“It was a very good game of rugby,” he said. “We know Bath are a good side and they had gone 11 games unbeaten,

“They are a quality side and they have improved as a team.

“They’ve got a big, heavy pack and some very exciting backs but we played well.

“We were shocked to go 13-0 down but we showed good composure and we played with a lot of accuracy, particularly in attack.

“Our attacking game was good and it caused us to score six tries, which is fantastic.

“The players did well, we did what we wanted to do. We talked about being aggressive, running at their midfield and looking at the short side.

“They’ve got some big players, good in the set piece, but sometimes that creates opportunities. We took advantage of that.”

 

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