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Nils Mordt confident Saracens will put Northampton defeat behind them and bounce back against Newcastle Falcons
7:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
Saracens fly-half Nils Mordt is backing the Men in Black to bounce back from the heavy defeat against Northampton Saints last weekend by beating Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.
Even considering their five international absentees – Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola and his younger brother Billy – Mark McCall’s men were were outplayed in every area of the pitch at Franklins Gardens, losing 41-20 to their bitter rivals and conceding six tries in the process.
After winning their first six matches of the season, Saracens have now lost two games in a row after being beaten 17-16 by Toulouse in the Heineken Cup the week before.
With Farrell on England duty and Charlie Hodgson out with an Achilles injury, Mordt was handed his first start of the season and the number ten is confident Saracens will put the setback behind them on Saturday.
“I’m massively confident the squad will bounce back,” the 29-year-old said. “Without being overly-positive we don’t often lose two games in a row and it’s even rarer that we lose three games in a row.
“Newcastle at home will be a very hard game, they’re going to fight for every metre but we’re positive that with a good training week and some positivity, we can go out there on Sunday and give it our all and come away with a win.”
The two losses mean Sarries’ lead at the top of the Premiership has been cut to one point and their chances of progressing to the quarter-finals of the Heineken look slim.
Mordt though insists the players did not feel any emotional or physical hangover after the Toulouse defeat and insists Saracens were not far away from turning both losses into victories.
“We played well against Toulouse and one kick here and there and we win that match and we walk away a lot more positive,” he said.
“We know what we need to sort out, we know we have a big week this week and we’ll have to work hard to beat Newcastle and that’s what we’re setting our sights on.”
He continued: “It was very disappointing to lose to Saints and to be fair we hold our hands up - Saints came out and executed a very good game plan.
“But momentum is a funny thing. We could have finished two opportunities in the first half when David [Strettle] and Alex [Goode] were stopped by two great defensive tackles.
“On other days we’d probably finish those and that puts us two tries up in the first half and it could have been a very different game.
“It’s a hard loss to take but the good thing about rugby is we have a game just round the corner to put it right.”
Mordt has been used sparingly in the first team in recent seasons and has mainly seen his starting appearances come in the less prioritised LV= Cup competition.
Hodgson is expected to return to the starting line-up for the Newcastle match on Sunday, meaning Mordt will again drop to the bench.
But while he admits his lack of first-team action is frustrating, the former Harlequins, London Irish and Saints man insists he is happy with his role at Sarries and is content to stay at the club for the foreseeable future.
“I’m very, very happy at Saracens and I doubt I’ll be looking to go anywhere else anytime soon,” Mordt explained.
“It is frustrating sometimes but for me I’m very happy in the sense you get treated very well as players at Saracens.
“And if I was behind players I thought I was better than I’d be upset but Owen and Charlie are better fly-halves than me and have played there for longer than me.
“So I’m happy to be learning from them and to be at a club like Sarries where youngsters are given opportunities and where the LV= Cup gives me the chance to play and hopefully win a trophy.”
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