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Saints boss sets sights on final

Jim Mallinder
Mallinder's men have lost only once at Franklin's Gardens this season

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder has warned that home advantage will not guarantee victory in Friday night's European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Saints take on Premiership rivals Saracens at Franklin's Gardens, with the winner of the competition earning a place in next season's Heineken Cup.

"On our day we're a very good side," Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton.

"What we can't do is just rely on the fact that we're playing at home - that's not good enough."

"We know what we need to do. We have to come out firing and play well for 80 minutes.

"If we do that we'll be a match for any team - and hopefully good enough to beat Saracens."

Northampton have lost at home only once this season, going down 19-13 to Newcastle Falcons in the league at the end of February.

But they tasted semi-final defeat against Cardiff Blues in the EDF Energy Cup at the Ricoh Arena last month.

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