Oct 11, 2014 at 3.15pm UK at ‚ÄčFranklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
Sale Sharks
Pisi (14'), Manoa (19', 52', 55'), Pisi (31'), Fotuali'i (65')
Jennings (62')

Jim Mallinder hails "ruthless" Northampton Saints

Mallinder hails
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Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder hails his team for putting in a "ruthless" display during Saturday's comfortable win over Sale Sharks.

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has praised his side for their "ruthless" performance during Saturday's comfortable win over Sale Sharks.

The Saints maintained their place at the top of the Aviva Premiership table yesterday afternoon thanks to a 43-10 victory over the Sharks.

Samu Manoa scored a hat-trick for the hosts at Franklin's Gardens as Northampton recorded their fourth consecutive win in the league.

"The scoreline was comfortable but I think Sale had a fair share of possession. We were ruthless in attack," Mallinder told BBC Sport. "There are times when you go to your strengths of the maul and the scrum but we combined that with playing as well.

"The attitude of the players to put their bodies on the line and keep their shape and focus was outstanding."

Northampton start their European Champions Cup campaign next Saturday when they travel to France to face Racing Metro.

Ken Pisi dives through to score the opening try for Saints during the Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on October 11, 2014
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