Dec 7, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Franklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
Dickson (67')
Fitzgerald (3', 8', 5'), Heaslip (27'), Reddan (37'), O'Driscoll (63')

Jim Mallinder slams embarrassing Leinster rout

Northampton Saint director of rugby Jim Mallinder slams their 40-7 defeat to Leinster in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has revealed that he felt "embarrassed" watching the club's 40-7 defeat to Leinster in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

The Saints were demolished by the three-time winners of the competition, as Luke Fitzgerald registered a hat-trick of tries, with Jamie Heaslip, Eoin Reddan and Brian O'Driscoll also getting in on the act to consign the 2000 winners to a record-equalling heaviest defeat in Europe.

"We were embarrassed out there and came second best. We made a terrible start and that didn't improve," he told reporters. "Sometimes you make bad starts and have a bad five or 10 minutes, but you at least expect to come back fighting. But we were completely outclassed.

"I don't know why that fight was missing. It was a game we were building up to, it was our big game - at home against one of Europe's finest teams.

"I feel embarrassed because we've let the fans down. We have some great fans here. They love their European rugby. It's a great competition for us but we've messed up."

Leinster remain top of Pool 1 in Europe's elite tournament, five points clear of Castres.

Brian O'Driscoll of Leinster tackles George North of Northampton during the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on December 7, 2013
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