Northampton fans

Northampton Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said that the Northampton Saints team will have to play “a lot better than last week” if they are to get a positive result from tomorrow’s East Midlands derby at Welford Road.

The Saints and Leicester lead the way in the Aviva Premiership Rugby league table, with the former’s New Year’s Day loss to Harlequins allowing the Tigers to leapfrog them into top spot.

Mallinder said today that the reverse against Harlequins has focused the players’ minds in training this week.

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“We underperformed against Harlequins and there are plenty of players with points to prove this weekend,” he said. “We will certainly have to play a lot better than last week if we want to come home with something from tomorrow’s game. Leicester have been getting good results in the past couple of weeks and have threats all over the field that we will have to watch out for.

“But we know that we can play good rugby as well and everyone has been concentrating on getting back to the levels we expect of ourselves.”

There is one enforced change to the Saints’ starting line-up from last weekend, Ryan Powell coming in for Lee Dickson at scrum-half. Dickson dislocated a shoulder in the final play of last Saturday’s game and has been ruled out for several weeks. Powell’s place on the bench has been taken by Stuart Commins.

Saturday’s game at Welford Road is sold out. But there are still a variety of ways that Saints supporters can follow the action. The club’s official Facebook page will have the usual exclusive match blog and score updates will be published every 10 minutes on the Saints’ Twitter feed.

BBC Radio Northampton will have match commentary, with online commentary available exclusively at The game is also being shown live on Sky Sports 1/HD1.


Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 13

Welford Road

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Kick off 5:00pm

15 Ben Foden

14 Chris Ashton

13 Jon Clarke

12 James Downey

11 Paul Diggin

10 Stephen Myler

9 Ryan Powell

1 Soane Tonga’uiha

2 Dylan Hartley (capt)

3 Brian Mujati

4 Courtney Lawes

5 Christian Day

6 Phil Dowson

7 Tom Wood

8 Roger Wilson


16 Brett Sharman

17 Regardt Dreyer

18 Tom Mercey

19 Mark Sorenson

20 Calum Clark

21 Stuart Commins

22 Shane Geraghty

23 Joe Ansbro