Mallinder pleased Sale have survived

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    Northampton head coach Jim Mallinder has admitted he is relieved that former club Sale Sharks have beaten the drop this season.

    The 44-year-old was at the Lancashire outfit for 15 years as a player and then a coach, before joining the RFU's National Academy setup in 2004.

    But while his Saints side is battling for the Guinness Premiership title, his former employers only had their safety confirmed last weekend after Worcester's 12-10 defeat at Leeds Carnegie.

    And Mallinder told skysports.com it would have been a huge blow for rugby in the north west if Sale had gone down this season.

    "All my energies and thoughts are on Northampton Saints and doing what we can to win as many competitions as we can," he said.

    "We've won one already and we are in a brilliant position to have a chance of winning another at the end of the season. So, I wouldn't want to be in any other position.

    "However, in terms of Sale Sharks, it is disappointing to see them down there and they are a good club.

    "It would have been a massive shame to not have any Premiership rugby in the north west of England, which is such a massive area, with such a large number of players playing there rugby there.

    "So, it was a relief that Sale stayed up, and they can now regroup."

    One of the foundations of the Saints' impressive season to date has been their immaculate home record, which has seen them win 16 of their matches at Franklin's Gardens in all competitions this season.

    However Saracens ended their 14-month unbeaten run at home, with Mallinder determined to put that reverse behind them.

    "That result aside, it is essential that you keep winning at home because the league brings up so many tough games both home and away," he said.

    "If you can keep picking up the points on your home turf then it will always put you in a good position, with a decent away form helping to propel you closer to or within the top four.

    "It is always something we talk about at the start of each season, to make this place a difficult place for opposition to want to come.

    "It is somewhere we enjoy playing rugby and there is a brilliant surface at Franklin's Gardens, plus the crowd really get behind the team.


    http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3823_6120583,00.html
     
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    If he likes Sale so much, he should go back :p Lord knows they need all the help they can get with KJ in charge
    And if he wants to take Foden back with him as well (after whisking him away under false pretences - promising him SH, but then putting him at FB like he was at the Sharks) that'd just be grand ;)
     
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    Ooooh, is that a still-open wound I detect? Here, have some salt for that...
     
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    I thought Foden wanted to be a 15. He is good at SH but if he has real England expectations it is at 15.
     
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    He left Sale because he wanted to play scrumhalf, and we'd recently signed Dwayne Peel, and had Richard Wigglesworth as well, so he went to the Saints with promises of being a SH there, but got played as FB anyway



    and Bullit, can you blame me? :p He's one of the form players in the country, of course I want him back at Sale!
     
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    Only because he moved on though - If he's stayed still he'd have ended up losing form just like every other Sale back (Case Point: Cueto).
     
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    It's a bit of a Tommy Bowe story, I suppose, average at his first club, vastly improved at his second
     
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    I wouldn't say he was average at Sale, but before he was bless with having a strong pack in front of him creating the platform then the bonus of Luke McAllister helping him in midfield. He's in the same sort of position now to what he had at Sale 2 years ago, an good players can only really shine when a whole team is playing well.

    Another case point being Carlos Spencer; Great for the Blues and All Blacks, good-to-average for Saints, Poor for Gloucester and shite for the Lions.
     
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