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Mallinder emotions mixed after win

Northampton coach Jim Mallinder had mixed feelings after his side's comfortable 28-3 win over the Dragons at Franklin's Gardens.

Despite plentiful possession they were unable to pick up a bonus point, something that was not helped by scrums becoming uncontested owing to the Dragons losing three front-row forwards to the sin-bin at various times.

Mallinder said afterwards "It was a convincing win, I'll take that and we will move on from here. We were a bit sloppy at times, in key moments we should have done better. We need to look after the ball more."

Asked about the Dragons' scrummaging problems Mallinder added: "The referees have a difficult job to do. It was disappointing that the Dragons prop was yellow carded late in the game.

"We had the drive on at two scrums, he gets carded and it's passive scrums and we lose momentum. That should have been our bonus point try."

Mallinder was questioned further about his side's failure to pick up that bonus point and he said: "It was a bit wet and slippy out there. Let's give the Dragons a bit of credit. They are a tough outfit, were competitive and made it difficult for us to get good clean ball."

Paul Turner, the Dragons' coach said: "I love coming to places like this. It will have done our players a lot of good.

"We had to match a very strong Northampton side, which are probably the best in England, for intensity which we failed to do.

"In addition our error count was far too high."

To add to Turner's problems in the front row, hooker and captain for the night Steve Jones left the field before the interval.

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