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Mallinder demands better execution

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder wants his side to end their frustrating losing run by putting in a clinical display in Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash against Exeter.

Saints' 12-3 reverse to Worcester at Sixways last Friday was their fourth straight defeat and left them 11th in the table.

"It's frustrating that we're not playing well and not finishing. You get opportunities in games and you've got to be good enough to take them - last week we didn't do that," he told Saints TV.

"There are parts of the game that are working well. We've got a good set-piece and our defence was a lot better last week.

"But we've been working on the little things we need to improve in our attacking play this week, and if we put those into practice on Saturday then we'll play well."

Mallinder, who has brought fly-half Ryan Lamb and flanker James Craig into his starting XV, has praised the approach of Rob Baxter's side, adding: "I've been very impressed by them.

"Like us, Exeter's team is built on hard work, getting the basics right and sticking together, and they'll be really pleased with the position they're in. So it'll be a tough task for us.

"They've had a couple of good wins and for them to go to Welford Road and win there will have given their confidence a big boost.

"But we know we can beat them. On our day, if we get our game right, we'll beat them."

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