Jim Mallinder content with Northampton Saints triumph

Mallinder content with Saints triumph
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Jim Mallinder says that he has to be pleased with Northampton Saints' narrow win over London Irish on Sunday.

Jim Mallinder believes that Northampton Saints could have been more convincing during their win over London Irish on Sunday.

Despite being hit with a number of absentees due to the international break, Saints edged out London Irish 14-19 at the Madejski Stadium which had temporarily moved them to the top of the Aviva Premiership.

"We made heavy work of it, but a win is a win," Mallinder, Saints director of rugby, told reporters. "Irish are a tough challenge here, so I have to be pleased.

"We have lost a lot of our players to England but we are managing to get by fine. It's important we maintain our momentum and this will help."

James Wilson scored Saints' only try of the match.

Sailosi Tagicakibau of London Irish gets away from the tackle of Kahn Fotuali'i of Northampton to score his team's first try of the game during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Northampton Saints at Madejski Stadium on November 3, 2013
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