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SAINTS 41 DRAGONS 7 Saints slay Dragons

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The second round Anglo-Welsh Cup match against Dragons ended with a first win in six games for Saints as the home side ran out 41-7 winners at the Gardens. The bonus point victory sees Saints top pool three on six points with the competition resuming again in February 2018.  

Saints, captained by second-row Sam Dickinson, opened the scoring with a neat try by wing Juan Pablo Estelles, his third in two games. The score was the product of an overthrown Dragons line-out just outside their own 22, which was seized upon by flanker Ben Nutley who offloaded so the ball could be carried down the line for Estelles to eventually touch down in the corner.   

Saints were denied a second score with 11 mins of the first half remaining when a sweeping move started by scrum-half Cobus Reinach’s just inside the Dragons half was knocked-on just short of the visitors try line. In the end though Saints were rewarded with a second try just on the stroke of half time. A period of sustained pressure from the home side saw hooker Reece Marshall crash over from a few yards to score his first points for the club and increase Saints lead to 12-0. 

A Stephen Myler penalty three minutes into the second half increased the score to 15-0 and soon after a quite spectacular individual try from wing Ken Pisi effectively ended the contest. The Samoan wing intercepted a loose Dragons pass just outside his 22 and sprinted the length of the field to cross the whitewash. 

Dragons hit back after 53 minutes when a smart grubber kick from fly-half Arwel Robson was collected by centre Joe Thomas to get the visitors on the scoreboard. 

After that it was one-way traffic for the home side. A fourth try of the evening to secure a bonus point was finished off by scrum-half Reinach after Saints made the most of a poor clearance kick from the visitors. Twenty minutes from the end back-row forward Tom Wood dived over for the fifth and scrum-half Alex Mitchell made it six just two minutes from time to make the score 41-7 and round off a convincing win. 

Saints' scrum-half Reinach was voted man-of-the-match by the watching media.

The Anglo-Welsh Cup resumes in February 2018 when Saints play Sale Sharks and Harlequins for a chance to secure a place in the knock-out stages. 

TIMELINE
26mins SAINTS Try Estelles 5-0
39mins SAINTS Try Marshall Con Myler 12-0
43mins SAINTS Pen Myler 15-0
49mins SAINTS Try Pisi Con Myler 22-0  
53mins DRAGONS Try Thomas Con Robson 22-7  
58mins SAINTS Try Reinach Con Myler 29-7 
60mins SAINTS Try Wood 34-7
78mins SAINTS TRY Mitchell Con Grayons 41-7
FULL TIME Saints 41 Dragons 

TEAM
SAINTS Mallinder; Estelles, Hutchinson, Stephenson, Pisi; Myler, Reinach; van Wyk, Marshall, Ford-Robsinson, Paterson, Dickinson, Wood, Nutley, Eadie

Subs - Haywood, Beesley, Hill, Moon, Harrison, Grayson, Foden

DRAGONS Goodchild; Rosser, Thomas, Howard, Hewitt; Robson, Davies; Garrett, Belcher, Fairbrother, Screech, Landman, Wainwright, Roach, Worthington

Subs - Ellis, Davies, Harris, Andrews, Greggains, Leonard, O'Brien, Warren

Rugby

Reinach: Winning gives us "new confidence" for next week

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Saints put an end to a five-game losing streak last night as they secured a 41-7 win over Dragons in the second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Among the try-scorers and awarded Man of the Match, Cobus Reinach said that the win has come at a good time for the team as they head back into the Aviva Premiership, starting with two difficult weekends on the road.

"It was a good performance for the team and we definitely needed it," Reinach told SaintsTV live on Facebook after the game.

"We'll walk away and start a new week with a lot of confidence.

"We've had a tough month and a bit. It's definitely a great win and a great time for the win.

"It will turn everything around and give us a new set of focusses, a new confidence, a new everything as we go into this week and look to get back into the top of the Premiership."

You can watch the rest of the interview with Reinach here...


After two crucial weekends on the road at first Worcester and then Sale, Saints will be back home to host Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership on 1 December.

Secure your tickets now from just £28 (adults) or £12 (juniors) at bit.ly/SAI-NEW-201718

Match

Northampton Saints vs Dragons

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 41-7 Dragons

Attendance

9,347

Referee

Mike English

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
41

Summary

Full Time

Dragons
Dragons
7

Opposition LineupDragons

15
Joe Goodchild
14
Jared Rosser
13
Joe Thomas
12
Pat Howard
11
Ashton Hewitt
10
Arwel Robson
9
Charlie Davies
1
Luke Garrett
2
Liam Belcher
3
Lloyd Fairbrother
4
Matthew Screech
5
Rynard Landman
6
Aaron Wainwright
7
Ben Roach
8
Huw Worthington

SubsDragons

16
Gerard Ellis
17
Thomas Davies
18
Brok Harris
19
Scott Andrews
20
Lennon Greggains
21
Owain Leonard
22
Angus O'Brien
23
Adam Warren
Rugby

Marshall: This weekend is massive for us

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Heading back to Franklin's Gardens after a tough trip to Exeter last weekend, Saints are hoping to get their season back on track as they host Dragons in round two of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Sitting top of Pool 3 despite last week's loss, Reece Marshall said that even though Saints were disappointed with their performance, they're ready to push on this weekend and keep themselves in the knock-out qualification places. 

"We're going to come up against better like Exeter," Marshall told SaintsTV.

"Thats the time of things they'll do to you; they'll hold onto the ball, they'll weigh you down and if we're not right in certain places then teams like them are going to punish you.

"We can sit and get glum about it or we can move on to this week.

"This game is massive for lots of reasons but mostly for qualifying. We want to win this tournament."

Watch the rest of Reece's interview here...


Next up at Franklin's Gardens is another big afternoon as we hold our annual Remembrance Fixture against Dragons.

Secure your seat now with prices starting from just £28 (adults) and £12 (juniors) at bit.ly/SAI-DRA-AWC

Rugby

Saints team for Dragons clash

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Northampton Saints have named their side for the second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, where they face Dragons at the Gardens on Saturday.

Returning home with it all still to play for in Pool 3, there are four changes to the starting XV from last weekend's opener.

Harry Mallinder comes into the side at fullback, while Jamal Ford-Robinson is on the tight head, Michael Paterson in the second row and Mitch Eadie at number eight.

Elsewhere, Sam Dickinson captains the side.

With no TV presence at Franklin's Gardens the only place to catch all the action is inside the stadium. Tickets are still available from £28 (adults) and £12 (juniors) HERE

The England versus Argentina game will be shown on the big screen in the Village and within the stadium bars from 3pm.

As always, Saints' traditional Remembrance service will take place before the game kicks-off, with supporters being urged to take their seats early.

SAINTS TEAM TO FACE DRAGONS
Saturday 11 November 2017
Franklin's Gardens
Kick-off 5.15pm

15 Harry Mallinder
14 Juan Pablo Estelles
13 Rory Hutchinson
12 Tom Stephenson
11 Ken Pisi
10 Stephen Myler
9 Cobus Reinach
1 Francois van Wyk
2 Reece Marshall
3 Jamal Ford-Robinson
4 Michael Paterson
5 Sam Dickinson (capt)
6 Tom Wood
7 Ben Nutely
8 Mitch Eadie

16 Mikey Haywood
17 Matt Beesley
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Teimana Harrison
21 Alex Mitchell
22 James Grayson
23 Ben Foden


Charlie Clare (knee), James Craig (concussion), Christian Day (leg), Jamie Elliott (hamstring),, George Furbank (knee), Rob Horne (calf), Lewis Ludlam (illness), George North (knee) and David Ribbans (ankle) are unavailable for selection due to injury, while Ahsee Tuala (Samoa), Campese Ma'afu, Api Ratuniyarawa (both Fiji), Nafi Tuitavake (Tonga), Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes (both England) are away on international duty.

Form Guide

Form

WLWWW

Last match

Beat Dragons 42-10

Past meeting

Won 42-10
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
41
Dragons
Dragons
7