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Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15: Tom Vickers' review and player ratings

Several trends continued for Saints against Connacht on Saturday - but they managed to buck a bad one.
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Jim Mallinder wants Saints to finish their season on a high (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder knows Saints must improve if they are to see off Stade

Jim Mallinder says Saints must step it up if they are to see off Stade Français at Franklin's Gardens on Friday night.

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Luther Burrell was forced off during the first half (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints centre Burrell suffered dead leg against Connacht

Jim Mallinder confirmed Luther Burrell sustained a dead leg in Saturday's win against Connacht.

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Courtney Lawes impressed again as Saints saw off Connacht (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints win more important than individual awards for star Lawes

Courtney Lawes shrugged off his man of the match accolade, insisting he is just desperate to propel Saints into the Champions Cup.

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Jim Mallinder saw his men beat Connacht at Franklin's Gardens (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder salutes Saints' composure after win against Connacht

Jim Mallinder hailed Saints for holding their nerve after they saw off Connacht at Franklin's Gardens.
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Harry Mallinder opened the scoring for Saints (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints squeeze past Connacht in Champions Cup play-off

Harry Mallinder kicked 16 points as Saints beat Connacht 21-15 to set up a Champions Cup play-off final against Stade Français.
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The Saints supporters will be eager to see top level European rugby at the Gardens next season (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tom Vickers' Northampton Saints v Connacht preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Connacht (Champions Cup play-off)

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Jamie Gibson (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Last week was 'weird' for Saints players

Jamie Gibson admits last week was 'weird' due to the uncertainty surrounding Saints' Champions Cup hopes.

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Dorian West (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints prepared for step into the unknown

Dorian West says Saints have worked really hard to be in the best possible shape for Saturday's clash with Connacht.

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Luther Burrell wants to help Saints take their second chance (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Burrell ready to help Saints make the most of Stade Français favour

Following Saints’ win against Harlequins on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season, downbeat players discussed how they had blown their big chance.

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Louis Picamoles and Courtney Lawes are in the Premiership dream team (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints pair named in Premiership's team of season

Saints have two representatives in this season's BT Sport Premiership dream team.

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Louis Picamoles has been linked with a move to Montpellier, but Saints insist they don't want to sell him (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints stand firm over Picamoles speculation

Dorian West admits the speculation surrounding Saints star Louis Picamoles is ‘a little bit off-putting’.

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Harry Mallinder looks likely to start at fly-half for Saints on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder set to keep Saints 10 shirt for Connacht clash

Harry Mallinder looks set to start at fly-half for Saints again this Saturday, with Stephen Myler and JJ Hanrahan both likely to miss to clash with Connacht.

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Louis Picamoles has enjoyed a superb season at Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints star Picamoles shortlisted for big Premiership prize

Saints star Louis Picamoles is up for another award after being nominated for the Aviva Premiership player of the season prize.

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Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder confirms Saints squad is now complete

Jim Mallinder has confirmed Saints’ squad is now set in stone for next season.

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Saints will be back in action at the Gardens next weekend (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints to face Connacht in Franklin's Gardens play-off

Saints will face Connacht in a Champions Cup play-off at Franklin's Gardens next Saturday after Stade Francais beat Gloucester in the Challenge Cup final.
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Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder reflects on a tough season for Saints

Jim Mallinder’s smile hid his true feelings as he addressed the assembled media after last Saturday’s game against Harlequins.

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Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder happy as Saints sign South African prop

Jim Mallinder believes Saints are getting a player of real potential after signing loosehead prop Francois van Wyk from Super Rugby side Western Force.

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Louis Picamoles received three awards at Saints' end-of-season dinner (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Picamoles claims a hat-trick at Saints' end-of-season awards do

Louis Picamoles picked up three prizes at Saints' end-of-season awards dinner.

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Lee Dickson is leaving Saints this summer (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder salutes departing players

Jim Mallinder has paid tribute to the players leaving Saints this summer.
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