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Saints stun Ulster

Northampton coach Jim Mallinder hailed the efforts of his pack after they avenged the defeat inflicted on them by Pool Four leaders Ulster in the first of their back-to-back Heineken Cup clashes.

"We had the determination to put the last game right," the coach said after his side had not only ended Ulster's 13-game winning run with a 10-9 victory at a packed Ravenhill but had also kept them still just about in the running in the European race.

"We were bitterly disappointed with the first game and we got a lot of criticism from various places and I think as a team we were determined to put that right."

"The front five were outstanding," stated Mallinder.

"The set-piece went really well as did the breakdown. Last week we couldn't get any quick ball and we didn't get on the front foot at all.

"In this game from the start we were on the front foot with our forwards working really hard and we got some good width in our game.

"We could have possibly scored another couple of tries," he added.

"If we look back over the full 80 minutes I thought we deserved it."

– Jim Mallinder Northampton Saints

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