Northampton 24 Glasgow 15: We can’t underestimate sides – Mallinder
Northampton 24 Glasgow 15: Jim Mallinder warns his side they cannot afford to underestimate teams in the Heineken Cup
Jim Mallinder admitted Northampton Saints cannot afford to underestimate sides in the Heineken Cup after they overturned a 15-point deficit to secure a bonus-point victory over Glasgow Warriors on Sunday.
With Ulster’s 41-17 win against French outfit Castres at Ravenhill, the Saints were able to match the Ulstermen’s exploits against their Scottish rivals to aid their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals from Pool 4.
“You can’t underestimate sides in the Heineken Cup,” said the Saints director of rugby Mallinder.
“Glasgow scored early, but we kept our composure, scored two cracking tries before half-time and then controlled much of the play in the second half.
“Europe’s massive for us and we’re looking forward to next week. It’s a short turnaround – we’ve got five days while Castres have a week – but we’ll look after the players and make sure we prepare tactically and mentally.”
Although plagued with problems from the start, including the loss of full-back Stuart Hogg within minutes of kick-off, Warriors stayed calm and controlled to surge into an early lead.
The visitors dominated the first 30 minutes, leading the Saints 15-0 at half-time, with a great try scored by Warriors’ Josh Strauss and Sean Lamont adding another to heap pressure on the Saints.
However, the home side responded, and Samoan speedster George Pisi stretched his legs and made the breakthrough with a try in the corner to start a comeback.
The 26-year-old was in impressive form, and he scored his second try in four minutes when he battled through the Warriors defence to put Saints back in touching distance.
Mallinder’s men began to put set plays together and emerge the more dominant side, and although Stephen Myler struggled with his kicking, Vasily Artemyev danced over the try line for the bonus point win.