Northampton's Jim Mallinder hopes loss spurs on team

Dorian West and Jim Mallinder
Dorian West and Mallinder (R) won the LV= Cup with Saints in 2010

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder says their young players should learn lessons from their heavy defeat by Bath in the LV= Cup.

Saints lost 46-14 at the Recreation Ground, but still top pool four.

Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton: "A lot of these players needed game time. The experience will stand us in good stead.

"I don't think our defence was good enough and against a side like Bath you're going to be in trouble."

The two sides traded penalties until Bath hooker Ross Batty scored a try late in the first half.

The scoreline moved to 26-9 shortly after the restart following a converted Anthony Perenise try after he broke through the Saints defence when lock Samu Manoa had fumbled the ball.

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Defensive off-day annoys Mallinder

Saints hit back through Alex Waller but three tries in the space of seven minutes - from Ollie Woodburn, Stephen Donald and Charlie Beech - completed a comfortable win for Bath.

"I think it was a decent first half from us and we were still in the game," said Mallinder.

"In the second half, we conceded a very poor try. We got back in the game by scoring a good one ourselves, but then it got away from us.

"Our set piece did go well, particularly the scrum, and that was a positive area. Some of our driving play and attacking play was good.

"At other times, we carried a bit too high, we didn't get over the advantage line and, defensively, we were a bit off our game.

"It's an experience for them all and it's tough.

"We need to beat Wasps well next well and give ourselves every chance [of qualification]."

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