Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Mallinder hails Myler display

Stephen Myler

Northampton head coach Jim Mallinder praised fly-half Stephen Myler after his superb performance earned the Saints a 23-13 win at Leeds Carnegie which sent them back into the top four of the Aviva Premiership.

The fly-half scored 18 points, including a try, to help end Northampton's six-match losing streak at Headingley.

Mallinder said: "There was lots of quest ions asked of him particularly over the last few weeks and he played well. He scored a try, kicked his points, not easy penalties, and you need somebody who will keep the scoreboard ticking over."

The Saints were also boosted by the return of scrum-half Lee Dixon from injury, and Mallinder was pleased to see his partnership with Myler.

"When Lee Dixon plays he gives real energy and tempo to the side and I think he did that," he added. "I think that some of our attacking play looked a lot sharper and we got on the front foot and created quite a lot of opportunities."

The club will also see the return of their international players from the RBS 6 Nations in time for their next league game as they push for a play-off place.

Mallinder added: "We have lost a couple of games before with internationals so it wasn't all about them being here or not being here.

"We knew we'd got a good enough side to win, we worked really hard in the week.

"We're pleased that we've got through this little part of our season and what we need to do now is build on it with gusto."